Three Men Face Federal Charges for Gun Crime in Chicago as Part of Trump’s “Operation Legend” Initiative

Three men in Chicago face federal firearm charges in conjunction with Operation Legend, reports CBS Chicago. According to the Federal District Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, they are the first to be charged under the federal initiative.

On Wednesday, President Trump and other officials formally announced the deployment of “hundreds” of federal agents to fight crime in Chicago as part of the Trump administration. Operation Legend.

Darryl Collins, 30, of Dolton, is charged with one count of illegal possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Romeo Holloway, 21, of Chicago, is charged with one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Collins and Holloway were previously convicted of criminal offenses and were not legally allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition. Darryl Phillips, 22, of Chicago, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a machine gun.

All three are in federal custody.

Officials described Operation Legend as “a sustained, systematic, and coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal law enforcement agencies work closely with state and local law enforcement officials to combat violent crime “

One of the alleged weapons belonging to Romeo Holloway, a convicted criminal.

Federal court records through CBS Chicago

Holloway was arrested Tuesday night by federal and local law enforcement officers for illegally possessing a loaded pistol in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. According to the charges, the weapon had 10 rounds of live ammunition and had a bullet in the chamber.

Phillips was arrested Wednesday morning by federal and local law enforcement officers executing a court-authorized search warrant, also in East Garfield Park. Officers discovered a semi-automatic pistol in one room.

An ATF special agent checked the firearm and determined that it was equipped with an automatic search device, also known as a “switch,” which transformed the firearm into a machine gun capable of automatically firing more than one shot without manually reloading .

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who previously had threatened to go to court To prevent President Trump from deploying unidentified federal agents in Chicago without his permission, he said he supports the expansion of Operation Legend, noting that additional agents arriving in Chicago will be supervised by John R. Lausch Jr., the prosecutor. from the United States to the Northern District of Illinois and a friend of Lightfoot’s for over 20 years.

Lightfoot herself is a former federal prosecutor.