Police from Prince William and Fairfax Counties coordinate raids in the Hybla Valley and Gar Field areas.
Fairfax County police arrested 101 suspects following an undercover operation that began earlier this year, News4’s Pat Collins reported.
The joint effort targeted quality of life crimes – the type of crimes that make residents look over their shoulders when out walking at night, such as iPod thefts. It focused on the Richmond Highway area of Fairfax County – including Hybla Valley and Mount Vernon – and the Gar Field area of Prince William County, Collins reported. Police and crime analysts identified those areas as problematic.
Police used tactics usually reserved for big-time criminals, Collins said.
The initial six-month operation was extended as more targets were identified.
Police seized 23 guns, 10 pounds of cocaine, 30 pounds of marijuana, prescription drugs, two bullet-proof vests and $560,000 in illegally obtained cash and recovered stolen property including GPS units, iPods, gift cards, tools and jewelry, law enforcement officials said.
The charges, a total of 168, range from possession of stolen property to attempted murder-for-hire.
More than 75 police officers from Fairfax County, Prince William County and Virginia State Police participated in the operation.