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Operation Legend nets more than 50 arrests

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Posted at 9:46 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 11:00:00-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 50 arrests have been made in Kansas City, Missouri, as part of Operation Legend, the federal task force created to address violent crime.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri tweeted Tuesday night that the arrests were made in the past week.

"That’s 50+ dangerous (often armed) individuals no longer free to wreak violence in our neighborhoods and poison our community with illegal drugs," the tweet stated. "That’s future mayhem and murder prevented. That’s justice for their victims."

RELATED: New charges announced as part of Operation LeGend

Items seized included 15 guns, meth, marijuana and heroin.

The first arrest in Operation LeGend happened on July 17 when officers spotted Monty Ray driving a stolen vehicle near East 107th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri.

The car Ray was driving had a stolen, loaded handgun on the driver's seat and a second stolen handgun in the center console cup holder, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ray told the officers he had been smoking marijuana daily since he was 12 years old and also used methamphetamine.

He admitted using meth the day before his arrest, according to the news release.

A more detailed report is expected to be released in the next few days.

For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at P3Tips.com.

Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the 41 Action News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015.