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FBI sending agents to Chicago to combat gun crimes

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Associated Press

A published report has the FBI dispatching 65 agents to high-crime areas in Chicago in an effort to combat street gang activity.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the agents, working with the Chicago Police Department, will be assigned to gang suppression.

Citing an FBI spokesman, the Sun-Times reports the agency plans to develop intelligence and conduct surveillance on street-corner drug dealers. The expectation is it will lead to arrests and the seizure of guns.

The move by the FBI comes in the wake of the assignment by Gov. Pat Quinn of 40 Illinois state troopers to Chicago to work with police in going after suspects wanted on fugitive warrants.

Seven additional U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents were assigned to Chicago last month to help reduce gun violence.

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