Cops-Feds Crack Down On Gun Violence & Drugs


Springfield – A surge of shootings in Springfield has law enforcement cracking down.

“Operation Springfield Sweep” netted 10 arrests on charges ranging from theft, manufacturing & delivery of a controlled substance to armed robbery.  The arrests come as the city has seen a spike in shootings with 32 in 2015 versus 20 last year.

“It’s a group of individuals that are creating havoc, quite frankly, in these communities with violence and gun violence,” States Attorney John Milhiser told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.

The arrests were coordinated and carried out by the Springfield Police, State Police, Sangamon County Sheriff, U.S. Marshal’s and the FBI.

The crackdown comes at the same time police began an investigation into a homicide at 812 S. 23rd Street in Springfield.  Juwan Kincade, 17, was shot inside of a home.  Police are withholding specific details of the shooting.  A second home at 816 S. 23rd Street also had crime scene tape around it.  Police were seen on Friday at midday entering and leaving the home as their investigation continued.  

“The criminal justice system recognizes the importance of curbing gun violence and have come together to do everything in its power to combat it,” stated Springfield deputy chief Dan Mounce.

All 10 will be prosecuted by the Sangamon County States Attorney.  Additional arrests are expected.

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