U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr Announces Updates On Operation Legend At Roundtable In Albuquerque

From left, Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich and U.S. Attorney John Anderson. Courtesy/U.S. Attorney’s Office

FBI News:

At a roundtable with law enforcement Thursday in Albuquerque, U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr announced updates on Operation Legend, which was expanded July 22 to Albuquerque.

Since Operation Legend’s launch in July, more than 5,000 arrests – including approximately 247 for homicide – have been made; more than 2,000 firearms have been seized; and nearly 22 kilos of heroin, more than 15 kilos of fentanyl (enough to deliver more than 7.5 million fatal doses), more than 130 kilos of methamphetamine, more than 28 kilos of cocaine, and more than $7.3 million in drug proceeds have been seized.

Of the more than 5,000 individuals arrested, approximately 1,057 have been charged with federal offenses. Approximately 568 of those defendants have been charged with firearms offenses, while approximately 411 have been charged with drug-related crimes. The remaining defendants have been charged with various offenses.

The Attorney General launched the operation as a sustained, systematic, and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.

Several federal, state, and local law enforcement leaders attended the roundtable held Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Albuquerque FBI Division. 

Also speaking were FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich, U.S. Attorney John Anderson, and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III.

Breakdown of Operation Legend charges:

The initiative, which was first launched first in Kansas City, MO., July 8, 2020, is named in honor of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while he slept early in the morning of June 29 in Kansas City. The operation was subsequently expanded to Chicago and Albuquerque July 22, 2020; to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee July 29, 2020; to St. Louis and Memphis Aug. 6, 2020; and to Indianapolis Aug. 14, 2020.

Breakdown of federal charges in each district:

Albuquerque, NM.

113 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

  • 47 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 56 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 10 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Kansas City, MO.

136 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

  • 49 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 76 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 11 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Chicago, IL.

176 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

  • 40 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 130 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 6 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Cleveland, OH.

94 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

  • 54 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 36 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 4 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Detroit, MI.

96 defendants have been charged with federal offenses outlined below.

  • 31 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 62 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 3 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Milwaukee, WI.

54 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

  • 25 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 25 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 4 defendant has been charged with other violent crimes.

St. Louis, MO.

274 defendants have been charged with federal crimes.

  • 125 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 125 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 24 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Memphis, TN.

51 defendants have been charged with federal offenses.

  • 30 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 14 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 7 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.

Indianapolis, IN.

65 defendants have been charged with federal crimes outlined below.

  • 10 defendants have been charged with narcotics-related offenses;
  • 46 defendants have been charged with firearms-related offenses; and
  • 9 defendants have been charged with other violent crimes.
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