Law enforcement operation in Texas results in 351 arrests

From April 7 to September 30, multiple law enforcement agencies came together for Operation Triple Beam to achieve a common goal: to target documented gang members.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Dozens of gang members, guns and pounds of drugs are off the streets after a 26-week operation by the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force, the US Marshals Service said.

From April 7 to September 30, multiple law enforcement agencies came together for Operation Triple Beam to target documented gang members and violent offenders.

The operation gave the following results:

  • 351 total arrests
  • 92 gang members arrested
  • 86 firearms seized
  • 32.971 kilograms of narcotics seized
  • $4,360,968 in US dollars seized

Of the total arrests, 92 were confirmed gang members. 11 people were arrested for homicide/capital murder, 74 for assault, 68 for weapons offences, 21 for robbery, 135 for drug offences, 28 for burglary, 29 for sex offenses and five for arson .

During this operation, the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force and other involved agencies initially focused their efforts on warrant executions against established street and prison gang members in the county of Nueces, Aransas County, San Patricio County and surrounding areas who were wanted for aggravated offenses.

“As violent crime and gang violence continue to escalate and plague our cities and counties, those of us in the law enforcement community must be ready and willing to engage,” said U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Texas, T. Michael O’Connor.

As the operation progressed, attention shifted to known high-crime areas and violent fugitives with aggravated warrants, as well as street-level criminal activity taking place in these areas. Several gangs were targeted.

“The goal of Operation Triple Beam is to foster safer communities by providing immediate relief from gang-related violence by investigating and apprehending fugitive gang members and criminal organizations responsible for violent crimes,” he said. said O’Connor.

Law enforcement agencies that assisted in the operation include the Corpus Christi Police Department; Corpus Christi Independent School District Police; Nueces County Sheriff’s Office; Texas Department of Public Safety; Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Office of the Inspector General; homeland security investigations; Immigration and Customs Control; Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the US Attorney’s Office.

“I am extremely proud of all of our law enforcement partners who have worked so diligently over the past few months,” O’Connor said.

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