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U.S. Attorney: 174 violent offenders arrested, 100+ guns seized in Tulsa operation

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores announced Wednesday that 174 people have been arrested as part of a months-long investigation targeting "the most violent and most wanted offenders in Tulsa and Tulsa County." (KTUL)

State and local law enforcement officials said Wednesday they've made serious strides in getting violent offenders off the streets in Tulsa.

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores announced Wednesday that 174 people have been arrested as part of a months-long investigation targeting "the most violent and most wanted offenders in Tulsa and Tulsa County." The effort, dubbed "Operation Alpha," focused heavily on catching violent offenders in the Tulsa Police Department's Mingo Valley Division -- specifically, in the 21st and Garnett area.

"We are looking forward to seeing a precipitous reduction of violent crime in our community," Shores said. "And I will tell you this, we are just beginning."

The arrests were made over a 60-day period between April and June. Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said 106 firearms were also seized during the operation. One of those guns was used in an officer-involved shooting near 41st and Memorial.

Law enforcement used crime mapping data to pinpoint areas where violent crime is the highest in the Tulsa area. They then "saturated" those areas with marked and unmarked police officers and federal agents.

"We're going to continue to identify hot-spot areas, identify areas where people are becoming victims of violent crime," Jordan said.

The operation was a joint effort involving the Tulsa Police Department, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office, the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office and several federal law enforcement agencies. The next phase of the operation is expected to get underway in the coming weeks and months, U.S. Attorney Shores said.

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