Memphis police director calls Operation Winter Freeze II ‘big success’ after hundreds of arrests, guns and drugs seized

Memphis police director calls Operation Winter Freeze II ‘big success’ after hundreds of arrests, gu

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings announced the results of a recent crackdown on violent crime, calling it a “big success” after officers made hundreds of arrests and seized various guns and drugs.

MPD’s Organized Crime Unit launched Operation Winter Freeze II last month. Over the course of six weeks, investigators with multiple agencies focused on identifying individuals committing aggravated assaults, homicides and shootings in the city.

“Guns, gangs, drugs, domestic violence are the scourge of our city,” said Rallings.

Some of the many guns and drugs seized during the operation were on display in front of the director as he spoke Tuesday. He said law enforcement made 369 arrests during Operation Winter Freeze II and seized $60,000 and dozens of guns, including handguns and semi-automatic guns.

Rallings said the impact of such weapons is on display after Monday’s mass shooting in Colorado that claimed 10 lives, including a police officer. He took aim at Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee state lawmakers pushing for permitless carry, saying these weapons are the same types of weapons state lawmakers think are OK to carry.

Rallings also announced 78 arrests after a recent two-day “spring break car invasion” with hundreds of vehicles drag racing and driving recklessly across the city. He says participants promoted the event on social media and MPD was waiting to arrest people.

In those two days, Rallings says officers seized 10 vehicles, recovered 14 guns and made 10 felony arrests with dozens more citations.

“If you’re gonna drag race and act a fool, get ready to lose your vehicle,” said Rallings. “If you’re gonna endanger the lives of Memphians, we’re coming after you. We’re not going to tolerate it.”

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