MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Tennessee officials met Friday to discuss the results of a recent Project Safe Neighborhoods operation.
U.S. Attorney Mike Dunavant announced 19 people have been indicted and arrested on federal drug and firearms violations since the launch of the PSN operation called “Operation Gun Done.”
The operation was conducted by the Project Safe Neighborhoods Taskforce, which is made up of agents from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, Memphis Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the ATF.
The end of the year “round up” focused on convicted felons and other prohibited people in possession or use of firearms in Memphis and Shelby County.
Project Safe Neighborhoods exists as a nationwide initiative to address and reduce violent crimes in local communities.
Of the 19 people arrested, Dunavant said at least 7 belong to local gangs.
“Put the guns down. We’re tired of the violence, and we’re going to continue to target these violent offenders, these gun offenders over and over again until we remove you from our streets and make this city safer," said Dunavant.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich wants people to remember the victims who have suffered behind the crimes.
“While we talk about the numbers and we talk about the system and we talk about holding people accountable - these victims lives will never be the same," said Weirich.
If those 19 individuals are convicted on their charges, they could face up to 15 years in federal prison.