MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A new task force led by the FBI has resulted in dozens of arrests in South Alabama over the last few months. It’s called the Violence and Gun Reduction and Interdiction Program or VGRIP.
Since launching the task force this summer, they’ve arrested 58 people and have taken 29 illegal guns off the streets. Two people have already been indicted in the federal court system.
The program was announced in July and officials did not provide many details of how it would work. Now we’re learning more about their methods.
VGRIP targets repeat offenders in high crime areas using their own intelligence information and tips from the public. Their methods of making arrests include traffic stops, searches, controlled purchases of narcotics and weapons, and drivers license and sobriety checkpoints.
One of the VGRIP arrests includes Dave Ivory Jenkins who was arrested Wednesday for assaulting a federal agent.
VGRIP encourages the public to help them fight crime. If you believe the VGRIP task force should focus on your neighborhood, you can call the FBI’s Mobile Office at (251) 438-3674.