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Austin police are rounding up people wanted in a downtown drug sting.

This is the second warrant sweep for the department this summer. Over the past month, undercover officers have gained evidence to charge those selling and buying drugs, mainly around the homeless help centers.

Monday, they made the arrests. In all, there are 33 wanted people.

When police conducted the same operation in May, they issued warrants for 50 people.Officers say the reduction in warrants shows their efforts are paying off.

"This is not going to be the last operation. We are going to continue to do these operations until we see a drug free environment. We owe that to the citizens who visit here, we owe that to the citizens who come down here to live, we owe that to the business owners. We are going to do everything we can with these partners to make sure that happens," APD Commander Jason Dusterhoft said.

Out of those 33 people with warrants, police say they have previously been arrested for a combined 200 felony offenses and 285 misdemeanors. Altogether, they have 1,842 involvements with Austin police.

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