Dozens Arrested in Joint Operation

Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release: News Release: 12/JO/drg
October 18, 2012

Dozens Arrested in Joint Operation

Drugs, Weapons, Property and Money Seized

            Officers and detectives with the Fairfax County Police Department, the Prince William County Police Department, and the Virginia State Police have charged at least 101 people as a result of a nearly year-long operation.

            According to Fairfax County Police Captain John Piper, Commander of the Criminal Intelligence Division, “we are a proactive unit and decided to create an opportunity through a sustained enforcement effort, using non-traditional investigative methods, to seek long-term solutions to attacking crime and to address quality of life issues.”

            Early this year, officers and crime analysts were asked to help identify problematic areas, and people associated with criminal activity in those areas, concentrating enforcement efforts along the lower portion of the Richmond Highway corridor in Fairfax County, extending into Prince William County. Once the intelligence was gathered, detectives from the Prince William County Police Department and the Virginia State Police joined forces with detectives from our Criminal Intelligence Division and from the Organized Crime and Narcotics Division. With tremendous involvement by officers from our Neighborhood Patrol Units and detectives from our Criminal Investigation Sections at the Franconia and Mount Vernon District Police Stations, an extensive investigation was conducted resulting in dozens of arrests. The criminal charges, 168 in all, range from possession of stolen property to attempted murder-for-hire.

            In addition to the arrests, more than $560,000, 23 guns, two ballistic vests, a variety of stolen property including electronics, jewelry, credit cards, and tools were recovered. A significant quantity and variety of narcotics, both prescription and non-prescription, were also seized.

            The predetermined length of the operation was initially six months. As the investigation progressed and additional targets were identified, the decision was made to extend the operation.

            The cooperation and communication that took place within and between agencies was seamless and exemplary. The combined resources of the three departments involved were used to maximize the effectiveness of the operation.

            We are confident that there has been and will continue to be a significant positive impact on the business community and the residents in and around the area of focus as a result of this operation.

            We encourage everyone to become involved in the war on crime; “If You See Something, Say Something”

            Anyone with information about suspected or known criminal activity in Fairfax County is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.



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