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10 Arrested In 'Safe Streets' Operation

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- It's been officially named as the police department's number one goal, and in a press conference Friday they announced some key arrests in the fight against gun violence. However, they say their work isn't over just yet.

“We will target you, we will arrest you, and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent possible,” Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said.

It was a stern warning from Cedar Rapids police chief Wayne Jerman, as officials went over the details of the a multi-agency bust that nabbed 10.

“These cases involve weapons right here in the Cedar Rapids Area. So operation ‘Safe Streets’ and the safe streets task force is doing its job,” US Attorney Sean Berry said.

The ‘Safe Streets Task Force’ was started in 2009 to combat rising crime in the city, with a heavy focus on illegal weapons. It combines the resources and knowledge of state and local agencies with the FBI.

“They have officers that go out nightly and daily with Cedar Rapids Officers,” Jerman said.

Cooperation isn't just on the law enforcement level. Linn county attorney Jerry Vander Sanden says the relationship with federal prosecutors on these cases is made even stronger by a proximity advantage.

“A county attorney's office and a US attorney's office literally within blocks of each other,” Vander Sanden said.

Police say ‘Safe Streets’ has lived up to its name over the past 3 years, as all the collaboration has led to nearly 100 arrests. In addition to the efforts of the program, Cedar Rapids Patrol officers have removed 46 guns from the streets this year – and out of the hands of potential criminals.

“It is a safer city and my goal is to make it even safer,” Jerman said.

Authorities are still searching for an 11th suspect - 24 year old Andre Corbett.

He is wanted in connection to federal weapons charges. He's is a black male, 5 foot 10 inches and 220 pounds.

If you know his whereabouts, you're encouraged to call the Cedar Rapids police department at 286-5491 or Linn County crime stoppers at 1-800-272-7463.
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