Federal Firearms Crackdown Lands Dozens Behind Bars

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Thursday, September 22, 2011

More than 50 people are behind bars after a year-long firearms investigation.

About 100 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies assisted in the investigation.

Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney, said the officers posed as undercover agents in the 11-month operation aimed at taking guns away from convicted felons. Officers recovered 240 guns.

Federal law prohibits anyone convicted of a felony from possessing firearms or ammunition. It also prohibits drug traffickers and users of controlled substances from possessing firearms.

Officers arrested 55 people in connection to the crime. Twelve people are still at large.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Federal authorities have scheduled a 3:00 p.m. news conference to discuss what is being called the results of a significant federal firearms investigation.

Authorities from the Wichita Police Department, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department, Sumner and Butler county authorities, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau, along with the KBI and federal agents were involved in the investigation that began Tuesday night.

KAKE News learned officials used the Wichita police training center near 37th and Amidon for operations Wednesday. It is unclear whether the location served as a command post or processing center for booking.

Jail records also indicate about 15 people were booked into the Sedgwick County Detention Facility, held for another agency.

No officials would discuss the operation with KAKE News Wednesday.

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