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Published: Tuesday, 2/25/2014

Toledo police confiscate 22 illegal guns in sweep


Toledo police confiscated 22 illegally owned firearms during a drug sweep over three and a half days.

The operation, Dirty Boy VII, an annual set of raids in memory of slain Detective Keith Dressel, began Thursday evening and continued through Sunday.

Police seized 16 handguns and six long guns. In 2013, officers seized 12 firearms.

“It’s a good job that these guys did,” police Sgt. Joe Heffernan said. “The goal of this is to target violent drug dealers. We’re very pleased with the number of guns that we got, the guns that are killing [people] on the streets.

“Guns and drugs go hand-in-hand,” he added.

In addition to the firearms, police confiscated $18,744 cash and drugs — 8½ pounds of marijuana, 36 marijuana plants, 129 pills, 10 grams of heroin, and 52.2 grams of crack cocaine.

The estimated street value of the drugs is $85,265.

During the raids, 66 people were charged with a total of 91 felony and 71 misdemeanor offenses; 66 warrants were served during the sweep.

Detective Dressel was shot and killed in the line of duty Feb. 21, 2007, in the 1400 block of North Ontario Street.

Robert Jobe, who was 15 at the time, is serving 15 years to life in prison for murder.

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