June 27, 2024

Local Partners Join FBI New Orleans in Announcing Latest Violent Crime Initiative Operation Clean House

FBI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Lyonel Myrthil and 18 local law enforcement agencies announce the successful conclusion of the latest collaborative effort to battle violent crime in the city of New Orleans, Operation Clean House. This month-long effort is part of the Department of Justice’s Violent Crime Initiative. “The FBI’s intelligence-driven violent crime operation worked in partnership with federal, state, and local agencies to target the most violent individuals on our streets,” said Myrthil.

For four weeks, teams of law enforcement from a variety of agencies fanned out across the city, targeting areas plagued by narcotics trafficking, shootings, and killings. Operation Clean House had two distinct phases. Phase One saw teams deployed, engaging in real-time, intelligence-drive actions that began on June 3rd and concluded on June 14, 2024. Phase Two started June 17 and concluded June 26th with a focus on fugitive apprehension.

During the planning phase, local law enforcement agencies submitted more than four hundred outstanding arrest warrants for FBI Intelligence Analysts to review. Analysts removed warrants for consideration for several reasons including that they were no longer active, or the subject was already incarcerated, or in some cases, the subject was deceased. Out of the submissions, 76 warrants for the most violent offenses were divided among multi-agency teams to make arrests.

In Phase One:

  • 74 arrests made for gun and drug violations
  • 46 firearms seized
  • 39 instances of illegal narcotics seized
  • Illicit funds seized
  • 10 Glock switches seized

In Phase Two:

  • 76 of 76 warrants were cleared
  • 77 arrests made on charges from arson to attempted murder
  • 11 firearms seized

Operation Clean House officially ended Wednesday, June 26, 2024, with a combined 155 arrests, 54 firearms confiscated, 10 firearm switches and dangerous narcotics taken off the streets.

SAC Myrthil stressed that Operation Clean House is part of a long-term, methodical effort to make the citizens of New Orleans feel safe again. “This is not a “one and done” effort,” said Myrthil. “This is not a superficial attempt because New Orleans is hosting a major sporting event next year. We are here for the long haul.” Myrthil thanked the citizens of New Orleans, asking for their continued support. “To the members of our great city who literally cheered us on, thank you. New Orleans we are here. We are listening, and we care,” said Myrthil.

The list of participating agencies is as follows:

  • FBI New Orleans
  • New Orleans Police Department
  • Louisiana State Police
  • United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
  • United States Marshals
  • Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
  • Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Tulane University Police Department
  • East Bank Levee Police Department
  • Harbor Police, Port of New Orleans
  • Louisiana Attorney General’s Office
  • Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole
  • St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Slidell Police Department
  • St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office