Roundup targeting gang members, violent parolees results in 18 arrests

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – 18 people in the Macon area were arrested last week in a multi-agency roundup targeting validated gang members and violent parolees/probationers known as “Operation Mayhem.”

A news release from United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Charles E. Peeler’s office says Operation Mayhem, a coordinated effort led by the Georgia Department of Community Supervision in partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office, the United States Marshals Task Force, the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia State Patrol, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies, and the District Attorney’s Office for the Macon Judicial Circuit, was conducted during the early morning hours of Thursday, May 9.

“This was a tremendously successful operation led by DCS and a great service to law-abiding Macon residents,” Peeler said. “In the course of just a few hours, 18 dangerous individuals wanted for violating the law were brought into custody, making our community safer. I want to thank the DCS, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and our other law enforcement partners for their total commitment to improving community safety for people living in Middle

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis called the operation a “very effective mission.”

“This collaborative effort sends a message to our citizens and to the criminals that law enforcement agencies tasked with protecting our community are united and committed to making a difference,” he added.

The United States Attorney’s Office support of the operation is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.