AUSTIN -- Austin Police have issued 40 warrants after conduction a narcotics sting operation from July through September.
The Operation Safe Assistance II focused on high drug trafficking in the downtown area. It was the second effort by police after an initial sting in May, Operation Safe Assistance I, where 50 people were charged.
APD worked closely with the Downtown Austin Alliance, Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association and the Texas Bars and Night Club Association.
Police targeted the area near 4th and Sabine Streets as well as areas near the ARCH and the Salvation Army.
As of Monday police have arrested 19 of the 33 people who have been charged, some with multiple charges.
Police say the charges range from state jail felonies to 3rd degree felonies with bonds between $3,500 and $25,000.
The suspects in the cases face jail time from 180 days to 10 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.00.
APD: These suspects combined have previously been charged or suspected to have been involved in a total of:
- 42 cases involving either Robbery, Aggravated Robbery, or Assault
- 3 cases involving Resisting Arrest, Search, or Transport
- 5 cases of Evading
- 2 cases of Rape
- 4 weapons charges
- 36 cases involving either Burglary, Forgery, Auto Theft or Theft
- 5 of the suspects are documented gang members