A concerted show of force descended on Omaha this morning, arresting dozens, confiscating guns and illegal drugs.
Omaha SWAT teams worked with federal ATF teams, attempting to serve warrants on 55 people. AFT Special Agent Trista Frederick says a seven-month undercover operation led to the raids this morning. Police arrested a “significant number” of suspects during the raids. Police confiscated 70 firearms and around $50,000 worth of illegal drugs.
“The target was illegal firearms or illegal possession of firearms and illegal drugs,” Frederick says.
Frederick says the raids were designed to send a message.
“It is the result of a newly formed task force that is targeting violent crime in the Omaha area,” according to Frederick.
Some of those arrested face federal charges. They could appear in US District Court in Omaha has early as this week. Others face state charges in Douglas County. Federal authorities say many of those sought face the possibility of mandatory sentences of three to 10 years in prison.