The arrests continue to increase in the ongoing effort by law enforcement called Operation Invictus. According to the Yakima Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service authorities have now made 200 arrests up from 177 earlier this month.
107 of the arrests are gang related. They've seized 16 firearms, $12, 436 in cash, 3.88 pounds of drugs, one ballistic vest and seven cars.

A news release says the 200th arrest this week happened after the arrest of a suspect wanted for attempting to sell narcotics in Yakima. The news release says "instead of selling drugs, the suspect was arrested near the 1700 block of East Nob Hill Blvd with approximately 14 grams of Methamphetamine, 5 tablets of Oxycodone, and drug distribution materials. In addition, the suspect was traveling with three minor children in his car. The suspect was subsequently charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and the children were released to the custody of their mother."

The goal of Operation Invictus, which is an element of Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Violent Crime Reduction Initiative, is simple - make communities safer. Local, state and federal officers have joined forces for the operation.

Anyone with knowledge of the whereabouts of a violent crime fugitive is encouraged to contact the Yakima Police Department at (509) 575-6200 or by calling 9-1-1. Tips can be also be reported to Yakima County Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-248-9980, or  the organization’s website at

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