Special Report: While You Were Sleeping
BATON ROUGE- Police say a three-week sting targeting guns and drugs was a success.
The goal was to dent violent crime numbers across the city by going after what officers believe is its root.
In the first 20 days of September, eight people were murdered, and two others shot in Baton Rouge. During the operation, three murders.
In addition, 200 people were locked up, while guns, illegal drugs and prescription medications were taken off the street.
Police statistics also show the two highest crime districts dropped the most during these operations.
The operation went on six days a week, over-night, for about a month, with at least a dozen undercover police hitting up common drug dealing areas and constant drug complaint locations.
News 2 rode-along for one of those nights, and found not only did the communities cooperate, those questioned or cuffed, for the most part, were respectful too.
More communities combating crime and more targeted operations are what police believe will make the difference in Baton Rouge, because they say, it already is.
Officers say not one complaint has come in about their behavior during this three-week operation.