‘Operation Mousetrap’ leads to arrest of 33 fugitives; seizure of firearms, drugs, Danville Police say

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Following a three-month operation aiming to arrest wanted violent offenders in connection with firearms-related offenses, the Danville Police Department managed to apprehend more than 30 fugitives and seize a number of firearms and drugs.

According to the department, the City of Danville experienced an increase of firearms-related offenses in early 2021 in comparison to previous months, which saw historic lows. However, members of the department’s Violent Crimes and Gang Unit reportedly realized a possible link between a number of the offenses and 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,” the Danville Police Department said. “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.”

As of Tuesday, June 22, police say this months-long effort — nicknamed ‘Operation Mousetrap — resulted in the following:

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

In addition, the arrests resulted in the development of more ongoing investigations in relation to drug and weapon offenses.

“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,” the department said in a statement on Tuesday.

If you have any information on these cases, you are asked to call the Danville Police Department at (434) 793-0000.

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