U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger stated on Friday that 25 arrests linked to narcotics and violent offenses were made on Thursday in the Twin Cities and Rochester as a result of a collaborative effort between local law enforcement and federal authorities.
Ten of those arrests took place in Rochester, and each one of them is now being charged with one federal count of conspiring to distribute meth.
In Minneapolis, 32 illicit weapons and machine guns were recovered, and 15 violent criminals were taken into custody. Federal court has filed charges against each of the 15 defendants.
A new federal violent crime strategy that increased the U.S. attorney’s office’s capabilities to pursue violent crime cases was unveiled by Luger in May.
Although the statistics on violent crime are concerning and at an all-time high, it is just half of the tale. The violence has taken on a new form. Violent criminals are showing a complete disrespect for the law and a disregard for human life via their words, deeds, and weapons, according to a statement from Luger. “Criminals are adopting military weapons and accessories that not only affect the form of the violence but also the damage that results from it, participating in a horrific degree of brutality. Our approach to combating violent crime is shown by a number of recent instances as well as the enforcement initiatives we’re announcing today. There is still more to be done in our attempts to reverse the trend of violent crime, but we are making progress. We have a duty to our communities, therefore we won’t relent.