Three people in Chicago face federal gun crime charges with Operation Legend, CBS Chicago reports. According to the US Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois, they are the first to be charged under the federal initiative.
President Trump and other officials on Wednesday formally announced the deployment of “hundreds” of federal agents to fight crime in Chicago as part of the Trump administration.
Darryl Collins, 30, of Dolton is charged with one count of unlawful possession of ammunition by a convicted jailor. Romeo Holloway, 21, of Chicago, is accused of possessing an illegal weapon by a convicted goon. Collins and Holloway were previously convicted of criminal felony and were not legally allowed to possess firearms or ammunition. Darryl Phillips, 22, of Chicago, has been charged with unlawful possession of a machine gun.
All three are being held in federal custody.
Officials described Operation Legend as “a continuous, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work closely with state and local law enforcement officials to fight violent crime.”
Holloway was arrested on Tuesday night by federal and local law enforcement officials for possessing illegally loaded handguns in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. According to the charges, the gun contained 10 rounds of ammunition and a bullet was fired into the chamber.
Phillips received a court-authorized search warrant executed on Wednesday morning in East Garfield Park by federal and local law enforcement officials. Officers discovered a semicircular handgun in a bedroom.
An ATF special agent reviewed the shotgun and determined that it was equipped with an auto-sire device, also known as a “switch”, that turned the shotgun into a machine gun, which manually Able to shoot more than one shot without reloading is capable of shooting automatically.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who was the firstTo prevent President Trump from deploying unnamed federal agents in Chicago without her permission, she said she supports the expansion of Operation Legend, noting additional agents arriving in Chicago, John R. Lausch Jr. will oversee the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District. A friend of Illinois and Lightfoot for over 20 years.
Lightfoot is a former federal prosecutor himself.