As a result of the investigation, “Operation Big Easy,” a business in New Orleans was forced to close down due to its involvement with guns and drugs.
On October 30th, Monday, Jason Williams, the District Attorney of New Orleans, made a statement. At the onset of the investigation, authorities were able to seize more than 70 firearms and 41 individuals were indicted.
Various agencies worked together to investigate the matter, including the ATF, DEA, Louisiana State Police, the City of New Orleans’ Mayors Office of Criminal Justice Coordination, the New Orleans Police Department, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.
Seven neighborhoods in New Orleans were identified as hotspots for guns through this initiative.
According to Williams, the investigation led to the closure of New Image Market located at 1201 Bienville St. on Monday. Williams acknowledged that the business has been a source of problems for an extended period.
According to him, the individuals residing in the establishment were coerced into surrendering their property rights. He revealed that the investigation into the operation has led to the scrutiny of apartment complexes in the New Orleans East vicinity.
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