Published: May 9, 2021, 08: 39 h.
Last updated: 9 May, 2021, 09: 02 h.
An increase in gun crimes in Las Vegas has caused a police captain to tweet that "Operation Persistent Pressure II" is underway. Some of these arrests are taking place on or near the Las Vegas Strip.
Since early May, Captain Dori Koren of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has tweeted videos and photos showing guns and illegal drugs seized by officers in the Las Vegas Valley.
A tweet from Koren on May 6 shows a Kalashnikov rifle. The tweet reads, "While most people were sleeping last night, our officers (Convention Center Command) were catching bad guys! Yes, that's right... they recovered this gold-plated AK - 47 rifle, pistol and some illegal drugs from a convicted felon in Oregon. "
The combined city and county police department, known locally as Metro, handles criminal cases throughout Clark County. Las Vegas is located in Clark County. The Strip is located outside the city limits of Las Vegas.
Koren's Twitter account states that he is a captain of the "Las Vegas Strip and chairman of the Intelligence Commanders Group for the Major Cities Chiefs Association."
The May 7 tweet includes a short video showing officers loading up their cruisers as they prepare to head out on patrol.
The film includes a soundtrack. In the background is the Wynn Las Vegas and the neighboring Encore hotel casinos. These Wynn Resorts properties are located on the Strip where the now demolished Desert Inn once stood. The tweet states that the officers seen in the video are a fraction of those who are out on the Strip "NOW as part of Operation Persistent Pressure II."
Gangs outside the city
Last year, Metro launched a crime suppression operation that police officials called Operation Persistent Pressure. It stemmed from a series of shootings, stabbings and fights on the Strip and nearby tourist areas.
These violent incidents led to numerous hospitalizations, arrests and gun seizures. Some of the shootings and fights were captured on eyewitness video and published on the websites of Las Vegas newspapers and television stations.
The first Persistent Pressure operation took place in tourist areas on Friday and Saturday nights from Sept. 18 through Dec. 20. It led to the arrest of 1,229 people. Nevada Highway Patrol assisted in the effort.
"A Dangerous Job. "
In addition to showing the confiscated AK - 47, Koren's latest Twitter feed includes photos of other weapons that police discovered from suspected criminals. as of may 1.
Two tweets from Koren on May 4 show a gun that patrol officers apparently confiscated on or near the Strip. One tweet includes a photo of the gun with the serial number obliterated.
The suspect was an ex-felon for murder outside of California, "Koren tweeted. "It's a dangerous job, but our cops aren't afraid."
Another tweet dated May 4 from Koren shows a derringer gun. The tweet states that police recovered the gun from a Strip teen. The suspect tried to evade officers.
The tweet states: "Juvenile suspect had claims of robbery and home invasion. This was a great catch that probably prevented violence! "