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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements

Posted on: June 22, 2021

Police operation nets arrests, firearms and drugs

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Danville Police Department conducted a three-month operation focused on arresting wanted violent offenders connected to firearms-related offenses. 

Danville experienced an increase of firearms-related offenses in early 2021 compared to previous months historic lows. Members of the department’s Violent Crimes and Gang Unit recognized that several of the offenses may have been linked to several repeat offenders.  

The detectives identified a list of known violent offenders who were wanted on outstanding warrants for a variety of crimes and had so far evaded arrest. Together, members of the Violent Crime and Gang Unit, the Crime Deterrence and Interdiction Unit and other department members, put forth a focused effort to locate and arrest these fugitives over the next several months. 

Nicknamed Operation Mousetrap, the effort resulted in the following:

  • 33 fugitives apprehended on charges ranging from murder, robbery, weapons offenses to probation violations and burglary
  • 13 firearms seized
  • 54 grams of cocaine, 336 grams of K2 (synthetic marijuana) and 8 grams of heroin seized 

The arrests resulted in additional cases being developed in relation to drug and weapon offenses that are ongoing investigations at this time.  

This operation is an example of the department’s focused deterrence model to reduce violence through proactive and predictive policing using data driven activities and accountability through the stratified model of policing.  

Anyone who may have information on these cases can contact us at 434-793-0000 or use our crime tips app CARE at https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=818#.

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