Montgomery police seize 36 illegal firearms, resulting in 22 arrests
The Montgomery Police Department announced that officers confiscated 36 illegal firearms from December to January.
The operation resulted in 22 people arrested, 34 felony charges and four misdemeanor charges as well as pending charges, Chief Darryl Albert said.
Capt. G. Russell said that police have run all the weapons, which ranged from assault rifles to pistols, to see if they could be linked to other crimes. In a few cases, they were found to be used in other offenses.
Officers seized a majority of the weapons using search warrants but several were also obtained via traffic stops.
Albert said that the police also impounded drugs such as marijuana, fentanyl, methamphetamines, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and mushrooms.
“It’s an ongoing effort," Albert said.
Albert said he thinks it is important for the community to know what the department is doing, which is why last year officers attended 575 community meetings and had 28 of what the chief calls, "Park, Walk and Talks," where officers walk door-to-door and talk with residents.
The department depends on the community to do its job, and the chief also credited District Attorney Daryl Bailey with setting high bonds and keeping those accused of violent crimes behind bars.
Alex Gladden is the public safety reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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