Officers with Portland Police Bureau's newly deployed Focused Intervention Team made three arrests and seized three guns and drugs in two separate cases on Friday.
The names of the suspects and charges were not immediately released.
The first investigation began at 7:15 p.m. March 11 when FIT officers arrested two occupants of a vehicle in the area of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Lincoln Street. Both of the suspects had outstanding warrants. Officers recovered over 38 grams of powder cocaine, seven grams of crack cocaine and a semiautomatic handgun.
Then, at 10:25 p.m., officers located and seized two firearms from a suspect in the area of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Holgate Street. One person was arrested.
According to police, the officers were patrolling an area where gun violence has been a prevalent problem lately. They continue to respond to shooting scenes to assist with investigations and to provide specialized investigative skills and do immediate follow-up on investigative leads. FIT's work is overseen by the Focused Intervention Team Community Oversight Group.
Preliminary information shows that Portland has had 293 nonsuicidal shooting incidents that injured 84 people so far this year. All but one of the 20 homicides to date in Portland have been shootings.
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