RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Illegal drugs, guns and cash are just a few of what U.S. Attorney Michael Easley Jr. and Raleigh law enforcement agencies are working to remove from city streets.

“Last year there were 33 homicides in Raleigh, this year there have already been 24,” Easley said on Tuesday.

That’s why law enforcement agencies, including the Raleigh police department, are launching a Violent Crime Action Plan. 

The purpose is to investigate and prosecute those contributing to crime in the city of Raleigh and surrounding areas.

In the last three weeks, law enforcement agencies have arrested 27 people on federal and state charges.

“Those who have been federally prosecuted, or will be federally prosecuted, have a total of 106 combined previous arrests,” Anthony Spotswood said, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Easley also said some of those arrested linked to various gangs in the city.

Those indictments announced Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Mike Easley came as part of the Violent Crime Action Plan partnership between that office and five other agencies, including the Raleigh Police Department and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities seized six kilograms of cocaine, 600 bindles of heroin, roughly 300 grams of crack cocaine and 15 grams of fentanyl along with 26 guns — including a ghost gun — more than 200 rounds of ammunition and $41,000 in cash.

“Last week, we saw five shooting deaths in Raleigh. Today, we want to put gun-carrying criminals on notice,” Easley said. “We are working with law enforcement at every level to get dangerous, illegal guns and drugs off the street and put gun and drug traffickers behind bars. We will use every tool available to keep our communities safe.”

A dozen from Raleigh or the surrounding area face federal firearms charges while another seven from the area face state gun charges. Eight more were indicted as part of a parallel operation led by the FBI’s Raleigh Safe Streets task force designed to break up drug trafficking organizations. 

Furthermore, Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson will hold a 2022 second quarter press conference to provide crime statistics and discuss efforts to address violent crime on Wednesday. This comes after Raleigh has seen five homicides in the last week.

Kayla Morton contributed to this article.