LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Federal indictments have been handed down against 23 people arrested in Louisville on gun and drug charges.

The indictments are part the U.S. Justice Department's Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative to reduce violent crime in Louisville,

Felony charges against the 23 indicted include being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute Schedule I controlled substances, using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and manufacturing and dealing in firearms without a license.

The Justice Department release says 20-year-old Elijah Eubanks is among those indicted. He has already been charged with attempted murder for shooting at a police officer who approached his vehicle. He now faces an additional federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Another defendant, 34-year-old Casey Cooper faces charges for manufacturing and dealing in firearms without a license. He allegedly bought firearms parts in bulk and assembled them into mostly AR-15-style assault rifles. If convicted, if faces five-years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman said Kentucky families deserve to be safe, regardless of zip code. "This next round of indictments of violent offenders is not the destination, but another step in the journey to deliver on our solemn promise to reduce violent crime in this community."

The initiative targets the most violent repeat offenders and pushes the cases through the justice system to get the maximum penalties. In Louisville, it is a collaboration between multiple agencies including the Louisville Metro Police, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are investigating the cases.

Project Safe Neighborhoods has helped indict 60 alleged criminals this calendar year including 16 in May and 23 in March.

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