CHICAGO (STMW) – A series of raids in response to public violence on the South Side netted 35 arrests and more than $235,000 worth of drugs.

Members of the Chicago Police Organized Crime Division coordinated the unit-wide response, executing more than 50 search warrants in response to recent public violence within the Calumet Area on the South Side, according to a police News Affairs release.

Police arrested 35 suspects and recovered 18 guns during the narcotics mission, according to the release. Officials also seized drugs valued at more than $235,000 and more than $11,600 in cash.

“The combined efforts of officers conducting violence suppression missions have a widespread effect in areas affected by gang, gun, and drug activity,” said Narcotics Section Commander James O’Grady in the release. “We look to build upon this success to ensure the results remain intact in the communities,” he added.

A similar initiative in June netted 54 arrests, nine firearms and about $164,000 worth of narcotics, according to the release.

Police continue to follow up on leads they gained as part of the investigation, according to the release. Police could not immediately provide a time frame for the most recent raids.

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