NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – Federal and local agents are rounding up people suspected of involvement in trafficking illegal firearms in New Haven.

Agents began serving warrants for 24 people wanted on weapons and drug charges, including some with multiple warrants. Ten of the suspects were arrested by midafternoon Wednesday and 15 guns were seized.

Acting New Haven Police Chief John Velleca says the city is seeing an alarming rate of gun violence and the raids are among several initiatives to stop the flow of illegal guns.

The sweeps involve local police, parole officers and agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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