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Posted on: January 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] State Police, Lawrence Police, Essex Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest 17 in Zero Tolerance Operation


Members of the Lawrence Police Gang Unit, Auto Theft Unit, and Community Police Unit joined forces with the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit and Community Action Team, as well as the Essex County Sheriff’s Department for a joint operation. The operation focused on quality of life issues, as well as traffic enforcement.

There were 17 arrests made during the operation, which included the arrest of a known gang member who was in possession of an illegal firearm. The members of both the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit and the Lawrence Police Gang Unit continue to investigate this matter.

As part of this operation, the Lawrence Police Auto Theft Unit also identified an auto theft suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest. Forty-three motor vehicle citations were issued for various violations throughout the City.

Once again, I cannot thank Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher Mason and Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger enough for their continued support of Lawrence. This is yet another example of a successful operation conducted by the Massachusetts State Police, Essex County Sheriff’s Department, and the Lawrence Police working together.–Chief Roy Vasque

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