Fairfax County police announced Thursday the arrest of more than 100 people in a crime crackdown in the southern part of the county.
Partnering with Prince William County and Virginia State Police, Fairfax police spokesman Don Gotthardt said they targeted geographical areas with high crime rates in both Fairfax and Prince William counties, resulting in 168 criminal charges ranging from stolen property to murder-for-hire.
The year-long operation utilized undercover efforts as well as cooperation on several levels among all three agencies.
"This is one of the first times we sustained a long-term multi-department operation," said David M. Smith, assistant commander for the Fairfax County Criminal Intelligence Division.
Police said they seized $560,000 in cash, 23 guns, stolen property and narcotics, including 10 pounds of cocaine and 30 pounds of marijuana.
According to Gotthardt, "Crime analysts were asked to help identify problematic areas, and people associated with criminal activity in those areas, concentrating enforcement efforts along the lower portion of the Richmond Highway corridor in Fairfax County, extending into Prince William County."