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Drugs, Guns Taken, 41 Suspects Arrested in Federal Operations

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It's called Operation Pulaski after the Continental Army General. But instead of leading troops, this Operation led criminals straight to jail.

Various agencies including the ATF, Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, and Garden City Police started the undercover investigation back in 2011.
 
When it wrapped up this week, 189 firearms, 200 grams of heroin, 4 kilos of cocaine and 41 suspects were taken off the streets.

"Can you imagine somebody had access to these weapons. One person and what damage could he have done?" said Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett. "And this is just a small portion of it. You have to understand we made a small dent in it, but our intent is to continue what we are doing."

"It makes a significant impact and these people move around, so what's in Garden City winds up in Savannah and vice versa," said Garden City Police Chief David Lyons. "So when you take that many guns off the street, all of these guns affect us."

Officials call it a great example of law enforcement working together to make a difference, and it won't be the last operation they take part in.

"I think it's important that they (criminals) know that," said Chief Lovett. "and I believe they know that. But the thing about criminals is no matter what the outcome, they are going to go back and try it. The end result is sooner or later they all get caught."

"How much of a dent did it make in Garden City?"
"Hopefully quite a bit, and hopefully it sends a message," said Chief Lyons.
"What's that message?"
"That we aren't playing. You do crime, we're going to get caught."

Officials say many of the guns and drugs were connected to gang activity in our area, and criminal activity actually stretched from our area to New York City, where cars were stolen and resold in the Southeast.  

11 of the people investigated were also illegal immigrants

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