Charlotte-Mecklenburg police operation nets repeat offenders

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said that on Tuesday they arrested 11 of 21 repeat offenders and felons who had been sought during “Operation Spring Cleaning” in the North Tryon Street corridor.

Police said the operation targeted the 1000-1500 blocks of North Tryon, including a quarter-mile radius of North Tryon and 16th streets.

In 2014, police responded to 152 calls for service involving drugs, loitering or prostitution in that area and 27 violent crimes.

The undercover operation began in December and led to grand jury indictments of 21 offenders, including seven habitual felons, according to figures released by police.

A total of 126 charges were filed – 97 felony charges and 29 misdemeanors, police said.

Police said the arrests were made without incident by officers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Metro Division, the Metro Division bike unit, and the vice and narcotics unit.

“The success of Operation Spring Cleaning is directly attributed to the support and collaboration with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, skilled undercover work by our department’s vice and narcotic detectives, and the two bike officers who work that area and spearheaded the operation – Officers Kelly Murphy and Patrick Diekhaus,” police Lt. Will Farrell said in a statement announcing the arrests.

The offenders targeted homeless people and those with addictions, Farrell said.

“We will aggressively target these repeat offenders for prosecution, and do our part to make this corridor safer with the support of local businesses and community members in the area,” Farrell said.

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