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US Attorney: Task Force Sends Clear Message, Don't Do It

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Cedar Rapids police say their multi-agency squad has dealt another major blow to violent crime.

The Safe Streets Task Force has made ten arrests and indictments on gun and other federal charges, in the last month. Five of them happened just Thursday. The task force announced they've also convicted and sentenced three more, since May.

Safe Streets was started four years ago to combat a spike in gang violence. The group pools the resources of local, state and federal law enforcement to take down bad guys, especially those involved in gun crimes.

Since starting the task force, police have caught more than 75 criminals, and just this year officers have taken more than 46 illegal weapons off the street.

"The task force has sent the message, the clear message: if you're going to illegally possess weapons, don't do it in Cedar Rapids," said United States Attorney Sean Berry.

The FBI office out of Omaha, says the Cedar Rapids task force is one of the most successful in the entire district.

The task force is still looking for Andre Corbett, 24, who was last seen in Cedar Rapids. Anyone with information is asked to call Cedar Rapids Police at 319-286-5375.

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