ORLANDO, FLA. -- Orlando police officials fanned out Thursday night, with more than 100 felony arrest warrants in hand, as they searched for suspects in such crimes as trafficking in illegal substances to trafficking in stolen property.
A release from the police department described the sweep as "Operation Thunder and Lightning," the culmination of months of investigations into drug and property crimes.
The operation, or at least the felony warrant part of it, began Thursday morning and ended at around midnight.
A police office release described it as a citywide operation involving members of the Orlando Police Department's Drug Enforcement Division, Fugitive Investigative Unit, Gang Enforcement Unit, Neighborhood Patrol Unit and an area Bicycle Unit.
The operation had yielded 28 physical arrests by late Thursday night, which has helped detectives in the Criminal Investigation Division clear 59 property related warrants.
At least 17 physical arrests had helped drug detectives clear 17 warrants in their bailiwick.
Police said the operation was an effort to provide safe and livable neighbors and safety to the citizen’s of the city of Orlando.
It was also an effort to reduce the amount of criminal activity within the city of Orlando, according to the release.