10 arrested on firearm and narcotic violations in Project Safe Neighborhood

Columbus, Ga (WRBL) - Monday the U.S. District Attorney's Office and the ATF announced the arrests and indictments of 10 individuals on federal firearms and narcotics violations in a sweep.

The defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury in Macon, Georgia during an operation carried out
by federal, local and state law enforcement as a part of the project safe neighborhoods initiative.

Charles Peeler, U.S. Attorney for Georgia's Middle District, lead the press conference and says people with criminal records should stay away from firearms.

"If you're a felon or if you're engaged in domestic violence, or a drug user, or under indictment, don't be near a firearm," he says. "Don't pick up a firearm and certainly don't pull the
trigger because that's who we're looking for."

Project Safe Neighborhoods began in 2001 in an effort to reduce violent crime in the u.s...and and by 2009, it had reduced crime by 4.1 percent, but the initiative lost support over the years. In response, the Attorney General's Office issued a memorandum in October of 2017, introducing an enhanced
version of the initiative to fight the rising crime rates.

The indictments of the 10 individuals are only allegations of criminal conduct, and though today's announcement could mean Project Safe Neighborhoods is making strides to make the community safer, the defendants are innocent until proven guilty.



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