Federal agents have taken part in more than 5,000 arrests in nine cities, including 247 for homicide, since Operation Legend began in July, Attorney General William Barr said at a law enforcement roundtable in Albuquerque. In the 5,000 cases, more than 2,000 firearms have been seized; and nearly 22 kilos of heroin, more than 15 kilos of fentanyl (enough to deliver more than 7.5 million fatal doses), more than 130 kilos of methamphetamine, more than 28 kilos of cocaine, and more than $7.3 million in drug proceeds have been seized.
Of the 5,000 people arrested, 1,057 have been charged with federal offenses. Some 568 defendants have been charged with firearms offenses and 411 with drug-related crimes. The Justice Department describes Operation Legend as “a sustained, systematic, and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.” It was started in Kansas City on July 8, is named in honor of four-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while he slept on the morning of June 29 in Kansas City. The operation was expanded to Chicago, Albuquerque, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Memphis and Indianapolis.