Over 580 people arrested, drugs and guns seized in operation in Phoenix

Jun 15, 2023, 7:40 PM

PHOENIX — More than 580 people were arrested in a five-day multi-agency operation organized by the Phoenix Police Department.

“Operation Summer Shield” took place between June 5-9 and resulted in arrests along with gun and drug seizures, according to a press release.

Officials said over 420 of the arrests were for felonies, nearly 520,000 fentanyl pills, over 5 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 40 weapons were seized.  Every gun seized was found to be with a person prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Planning for the five-day operation took seven weeks and it involved local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

“The City of Phoenix is safer than it was just one week ago because of Operation Summer Shield,” Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan said in the release.

More than 230 of the people arrested had a criminal history that included violence and 16 absconders of the Department of Corrections were located and taken back to prison.

Four murder cases and close to 700 active warrants were cleared, the release stated.

Sullivan said they rollout out their Crime Reduction Plan to give the department a blueprint for addressing crime. The plan focuses on going after the small percentage of people committing the majority of crime, he said.

“Operation Summer Shield did exactly that. We targeted the most violent people with outstanding warrants and prohibited possessors,” Sullivan said.



We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

arizona water conservation...

Nick Borgia

Arizona to invest $8.5 million for water conservation project

Arizona senators announced that $8.5 million will be invested in Arizona to continue a feasibility study related to water conservation.

37 minutes ago

guns and drugs...

Nick Borgia

22-year-old Tucson man indicted for trafficking firearms and drugs

A Tucson man was indicted by a federal grand jury for having possession of multiple illegal firearms, weapon attachments and cocaine.

5 hours ago

The medical center at 655 S. Dobson Rd. in Chandler is just south of Chandler Regional Medical Cent...

Medical center office building in Chandler sells for $7.3 million

A 22,500-square-foot multi-tenant medical and dental office building in Chandler has been sold for $7.3 million.

9 hours ago

Bright Angel Point...

Grand Canyon’s Bright Angel Point Trail to close starting June 21

A popular trail at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon will become temporarily unavailable to visitors starting next week.

11 hours ago

Ryan So Scottsdale PD died Thursday night...

Police disclose more details regarding death of Scottsdale detective

Law enforcement authorities on Friday night disclosed more information about the death of Scottsdale Police detective Ryan So on Thursday.

13 hours ago

Close-up stock photo of an elderly woman's hands crossed in her lap. The number of metro Phoenix el...

Kevin Stone

Officials sound alarm about growing problem of elder abuse in metro Phoenix

Elder abuse is growing at an alarming rate in metro Phoenix, with the number cases rising by nearly 20% last year.

13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinic visits boost student training & community health

Going to a Midwestern University Clinic can help make you feel good in more ways than one.


Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s how to be worry-free when your A/C goes out in the middle of summer

PHOENIX -- As Arizona approaches another hot summer, Phoenix residents are likely to spend more time indoors.


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Beat the heat, ensure your AC unit is summer-ready

With temperatures starting to rise across the Valley, now is a great time to be sure your AC unit is ready to withstand the sweltering summer heat.

Over 580 people arrested, drugs and guns seized in operation in Phoenix