Belleville, Il. (KMOV) – News 4 cameras were rolling as police in the Metro East swept across west Belleville searching for drug dealers, robbers, and violent offenders Thursday night. It's all part of a joint effort to keep tabs on felons on probation.
As of 10 p.m. on Thursday, police tell News 4 they had already found drugs at three of the locations they searched leading to two arrests and possibly another on the way.
Officers said they would check roughly 50 homes as part of this sweep.
We followed police to three homes and at each location the person police were looking for was in good standing.
Five teams made up of 40 officers from Belleville, the St.Clair County Sheriff's Department, Parole Department, and US Marshalls hit the streets.
Some searched for those on probation or parole, but others were after serious targets and felons.
"This type of operation gives you both specific action against a targeted individual but it also gives you general deterrence. It sends a message to all the other individuals on probation or parole that you need to comply with the terms and conditions of your probation or parole or federal supervised release. If you don't there is consequences," said Stephen Wiggington, U.S. attorney.
Police tell News 4 some of the people they are after are wanted as part of on-going investigations.
We'll be sure to let you know the results of this operation.