Report: Hundreds arrested in Texas during months-long operation targeting gangs, violent crime

Police in Texas just wrapped up a months-long operation that resulted in the arrests of hundreds of alleged gang members and other violent criminals.

The New York Post reports that a six-month operation led to some 351 arrests as police rounded up violent offenders and more than 90 alleged gang members.

The operation spanned from April 7 to Sept. 30 of this year and also led to the seizure of “86 guns, $4,360,968 and 32 kilos of illicit drugs,” according to the Post.

A multifaceted approach

Dubbed Operation Triple Beam, the effort involved a wide range of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the police department of Corpus Christi, Texas, the Post reported.

According to a statement from the U.S. Marshals, the goal of the operation was “to target documented gang members and violent offenders, identify targets, and collect tangible criminal intelligence all in a systematic effort to reduce violent crime.”

The Marshals also said multiple gangs were targeted as part of the effort.

Their statement adds:

During this operation, the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force and other agencies involved initially focused their efforts on warrant executions on members of established street and prison gangs in Nueces County, Aransas County, San Patricio County and surrounding areas who were wanted for aggravated offenses. As the operation progressed, the focus shifted to known high-crime areas and violent fugitives with aggravated warrants, as well as street-level criminal activity conducted in these areas.

“To foster safer communities”

The U.S. Marshals said that in addition to 92 gang members, “11 individuals were arrested for homicide/capital murder, 74 for assault, 68 for weapons offenses, 21 for robbery, 135 for drug offenses, 28 for burglary, 29 for sex offenses, and five for arson.”

Michael O’Connor, the U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Texas, celebrated the result.

“As violent crime and gang violence continue to rise and plague our cities and counties, those of us in the law enforcement community must be ready and willing to engage,” he said in a Monday statement to the New York Post.

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

He added: “I am extremely proud of all our law enforcement partners who have worked so diligently these past several months.”

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