FBI Phoenix
Brooke Brennan and Kevin Smith
(623) 466-1999
August 1, 2023

Operation Clean House

FBI Task Force and Agencies Make Multiple Arrests in Two-Week Operation

TUCSON, AZ—The FBI’s Southern Arizona Violent Crime and Gang Task Force (SAVCGTF) organized a two-week fugitive apprehension operation named Operation Clean House, that proactively arrested multiple violent offenders throughout Pima County.

This operation ran from July 18 through July 28 and resulted in arrests and drug and weapons seizures.

  • 88 arrests
    • 4 of which were homicide suspects
  • Over 9,000 fentanyl pills seized
  • 10 firearms seized

This operation was successful due to the dedication and partnership with our local, state, and federal partners. Our partners assisting with this operation include:

  • FBI
  • Pima County Sheriff’s Department
  • Tucson Police Department
  • U.S. Marshals District of Arizona
  • Marana Police Department
  • Oro Valley police Department
  • Pascua Yaqui Police Department
  • Tohono O’odham Police Department

“The FBI remains committed to doing our part to combat violent crime throughout Arizona,” said Akil Davis, special agent in charge of the FBI Phoenix Field Office. “This operation underscores our invaluable partnerships with law enforcement, and these collaborative efforts will continue to benefit Arizona as we work to eradicate violent criminals in our communities.”

“I am extremely pleased by the cooperation of our Federal and regional partners to curtail the many outstanding arrest warrants related to violent crimes,” said Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos. “This effort demonstrates we are committed to keeping our communities safe.”

“While the number of incidents of violent crime in the City of Tucson is continuing to trend lower this year, the numbers are not as low as they could be. Collaborative law enforcement efforts like this one developed through the Public Safety Partnership (PSP) program are playing a pivotal role in helping to make our community safer,” said Tucson Police Department Chief Chad Kasmar. “City of Tucson leadership is grateful for the regional public safety effort and many active community partners that are all contributing to a safer Tucson.”

The Southern Arizona Violent Crime and Gang Task Force was created in 2020 and was designed to take advantage of the combined resources of several agencies and provide a solid foundation for addressing significant violent crime and gang violence in Southern Arizona.

The SAVCGTF is comprised of agents and officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Tucson Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection-Office of Professional Responsibility, U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Arizona, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

The FBI Phoenix Field Office, Tucson Resident Agency would also like to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office—District of Arizona, and the Pima County Attorney’s Office for their help on this case.

The FBI’s goal is stopping violent crime, getting drugs and weapons off the streets, and delivering justice for crimes committed in our communities and against U.S. citizens. Violent crime is not a problem that can be solved by law enforcement alone, we need the help of the community. You can provide an anonymous tip to an FBI field office, at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or at tips.fbi.gov.