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Dallas Police Seize Over 100 Guns, Arrest Dozens In Undercover Operation

A Dallas Police car sits on the street in front of a gate and row of houses.
Keren Carrión
Operation Pegasus is one part of an ongoing effort to make the streets of southeast Dallas safer through the city's Violent Crime Reduction Plan.

A 90-day undercover effort to take guns off the streets of southeast Dallas has led to 47 arrests and the seizure of more than 100 firearms and $1.8 million in cash, Dallas police and federal officials said Thursday.

Dubbed “Operation Pegasus,” it was “like something off TV — we didn’t know it was going to be there,” said Jeff Boshek, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Dallas Field Division.

Agents and officers went on 117 separate undercover missions, according to authorities.

“The collaboration that I have seen from our state and federal partners is the best I’ve experienced in 30 years of law enforcement,” Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said.

Officials said that of the 47 people arrested, only a handful are suspected to have been behind most of the alleged crimes.

Boshek said some community members are actively reaching out to the Dallas Police Department (DPD) in an effort to reduce crime in the area.

“Trust is out there, law enforcement wants to help and take these bad neighborhoods and make them a better place to live,” Boshek said.

Operation Pegasus is one part of an ongoing effort to make the streets of southeast Dallas safer through the DPD's Violent Crime Reduction Plan. It aims to target high-crime hotspots, add more greenspace and lighting and work with community partners, among other efforts.

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Solomon Wilson is KERA's Marjorie Welch Fitts Louis Fellow. He focuses on covering racial equity, women’s rights, socioeconomic disparities and other evolving issues of social justice in our community.