A roundtable with law enforcement in Albuquerque will be attended by Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III, Attorney General William Barr, FBI Assistant Director David Bowdich, and US Attorney John Anderson, from left. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Attorney General
At a roundtable with law enforcement in Albuquerque, Attorney General William P. Barr announced updates to Operation Legend, which expanded to Albuquerque on July 22nd.
More than 5,000 people have been arrested since Operation Legend started in July, including around 247 for murder. more than 2,000 firearms were confiscated; and nearly 22 pounds of heroin, over 15 pounds of fentanyl (enough to deliver more than 7.5 million lethal doses), more than 130 pounds of methamphetamine, over 28 pounds of cocaine, and more than $ 7.3 million in drug proceeds were confiscated.
Of the more than 5,000 people arrested, approximately 1,057 were charged with federal offenses. About 568 of these defendants were charged with firearms offenses, while about 411 were charged with drug offenses. The remaining defendants were charged with various offenses.
The Attorney General launched the operation as a sustained, systematic, and coordinated law enforcement initiative where federal law enforcement agencies work with state and local law enforcement officials to tackle violent crime.
The round table held in the Albuquerque FBI Department on Wednesday, October 14, was attended by several senior officials from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
FBI Assistant Director David Bowdich, US attorney John Anderson, and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III also spoke.
"Legend's origins were largely due to our firm belief that the public deserves the right to life and is not constantly afraid of falling victim to career violent criminals," said assistant director Bowdich .
The round table can be viewed in full here:
Operation Legend Fees Breakdown: https://www.koat.com/article/us-attorney-general-william-barr-gives-updates-on-operation-legend-in-abq/34372346
First launched in Kansas City, MO on July 8, 2020, the initiative is named after four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed early in the morning of June 29 while sleeping in Kansas City. Operations were then expanded to Chicago and Albuquerque on July 22, 2020. on July 29, 2020 to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee; on August 6, 2020 to St. Louis and Memphis; and to Indianapolis on August 14, 2020. The following is a breakdown of federal fees in the Albuquerque District:
113 defendants were charged with the federal crimes set out below:
47 defendants were charged with narcotics offenses;
56 defendants were charged with firearm-related offenses; and
10 defendants were charged with other violent crimes.