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Detroit — Police conducting a sweep of the city's Ninth Precinct on Wednesday resulted in the arrests of 34 individuals plus the confiscation of guns, suspected narcotics and $50,000 in cash.

Tagged "Winter Elite," the sweep on the east side was part of Operation Restore Order, a partnership of uniformed and plain clothes officers along with other local police agencies.

According to a DPD press release, "the goal of this operation was to attack the criminal element within the community and to provide a safe environment for all law-abiding citizens."

Police said it was in response to an increase in robbery and aggravated assaults in the precinct, which was also identified as having 77 active felony warrants in the community.

Over 200 officers participated in the warrant sweeps as well as conducting home inspections for parole and probation violators. They also targeted locations that were known for the sale of narcotics.

The sweep produced a total of 34 arrests (24 felonies and 10 misdemeanors) plus the seizure of eight illegal handguns and four long guns.

Police issued 418 citations and impounded 30 vehicles, along with 10.3 grams of suspected cocaine, 3.4 grams of suspected heroin, 71.6 grams of suspected marijuana, nearly 21,00 pills and over $50,000 in cash.

Police put the street value of the narcotics at nearly $238,000.

Police also raided the Ninth Precinct in November 2014 during "Operation Wild Turkey" which resulted in 42 felony and 17 misdemeanor arrests, the seizure of five illegal weapons and narcotics with an estimated street value of $52,000.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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