For the second consecutive weekend, Hennepin County authorities are bringing the heat down on drag racers.
The sheriff's office has announced that multiple law enforcement agencies made 59 traffic stops in downtown Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs on Friday night:
The stops netted 21 citations and 15 arrests, while resulting in the recovery of nine firearms.
Multiple agencies participated in the operation, including Minneapolis PD, St. Paul PD, Metro Transit police, Brooklyn Park PD, the State Patrol and the Ramsey County sheriff.
Last weekend, a similar operation brought 14 arrests, some of which included weapons offenses, DWI, child endangerment and auto theft.
That crackdown came a week after a video spread online showing a large crowd on Washington Avenue in Minneapolis watching street racing, with some of the crowd members surrounding, kicking, and throwing objects at a police squad car that responded to the scene, per KARE 11.
As the Brooklyn Park PD said at the time, "street racing happens metro wide, however, we plan to continue to do all we can to keep our roads and community safe."
"The goal of this operation is to target offenses related to illegal street racing that put residents at risk."
Instances of street racing have been on the rise all year, with reported incidents starting to come in early on during the pandemic.
Last month, police in Minneapolis responded to the issue by opening fire hydrants and flooding the streets near downtown in an attempt to stop the racers.