Governor Larry Hogan provides update on crime plan

Posted at 6:40 PM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 18:44:04-05

Wednesday Governor Larry Hogan presented the results of the joint law enforcement violence reduction initiative to fight crime in Baltimore. 

Operation Seven Sentries resulted in more than 500 arrests, including 259 of what the governor called the city’s “most violent criminals.”

The initiative took place from January 16 to February 15 targeting the most violent repeat offenders in Baltimore city. 

During the four-week initiative, the U.S. Marshals Service attempted to serve 300 open warrants. 
Of the 300 warrants, 259 people were arrested including 10 people who have been charged with murder, 10 charged with attempted murder, 21 charged with serious gun or weapons charges, and 76 charged with aggravated assault or assault. One quarter of all sex offender warrants in the city were also cleared.

"I want to be absolutely clear, we have no tolerance whatsoever to those who are engaging in this violent activity and terrorizing the streets of Baltimore,” said Governor Hogan. “Make no mistake about it. We will find you, we will arrest you, and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law." 

Governor Hogan says he also ordered an increased state police presence in high crime areas in the city. That lead to the closure of 261 high priority warrants, and 263 additional arrests.

Officers also executed 44,135 premise checks, responded to 5,665 calls for service, and issued 5,333 citations.

Several gang members were also arrested including two from the Sinaloa Cartel, 3 from Dead Men Inc. and 16 from the Black Guerilla Family.

U.S. Marshals also seized five firearms, 8.25 lbs. of marijuana, 12 grams of heroin, 10 grams of cocaine, and more than $100,000 while making arrests.