For Immediate Release
|August 25, 2010||
USMS Domestic Investigations Branch
Chief Inspector Dan Wertheimer, (202) 520-9846;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs, (202) 307-9065;
DUSM Chad Hunt (918) 519-9081
Operation Targets Gang Violence
More than 160 Arrested During Multi-Agency Gang-Violence Reduction Law Enforcement Operation
WASHINGTON – Carroll Allbery, Acting United States Marshal for the
Northern District of Oklahoma, joined by Chief Chuck Jordan of the Tulsa
Police Department, today announced the culmination of a strategic gang
enforcement operation that removed 163 violent gang members and gang member
associates from the streets of the Tulsa metropolitan area.
Dubbed Operation Triple Beam, the goal of the operation was to combat the crime and violence associated with gang activity in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area. The two-week operation represents the commitment of law enforcement to reduce violent crime through multi-agency gang enforcement operations.
More than 40 law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Tulsa Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and other federal, state, and local agencies combined resources that served as a force-multiplier to bring the most violent gang members to justice and remove deadly guns and drugs from the streets of Tulsa.
“This operation is a great example of multiple law enforcement agencies working together to reduce violent crime,” said Acting Marshal Allbery. “As a result of this initiative, many known violent-gang members were taken off the street, and the proactive nature of this mission was paramount in stopping gang activity before it occurred. The amount of guns, drugs, and other contraband that was seized highlights the operation’s compounded success. The citizens of Tulsa are truly safer as the result of this operation thanks to the officers, deputies, and agents involved.”
This operation employed a systematic and sustained approach to reduce violent gang crime. It illustrates the U.S. Marshals Service’s overarching gang enforcement strategy, which aims to join anti-gang resources from federal, state, and local partners, utilizing each agency’s expertise to remove violent gangs and gang members.
“Anyone who reads the newspaper or watches television news can tell you that there has been a significant absence of gang-related shootings and violence in the past two weeks,” said Police Chief Jordan. “This reduction can be directly attributed to the aggressive efforts of the agents, officers, and deputies involved in Operation Triple Beam. This has been an outstanding example of how coordinated efforts between federal and local law enforcement can have a positive effect on our community. We look forward to participating in similar operations in the future.”
Operation Triple Beam yielded substantial results. Authorities seized 46 firearms, $15,000 in U.S. currency, 167.5 grams of crack cocaine, and 2077.51 grams of marijuana.
The operation also resulted in the following significant arrests:
“This operation is an example of the best the Marshals Service has to offer
when it comes to fostering cooperation among our law enforcement partners in
the fight against violent crime,” said T. Michael Earp, USMS Assistant
Director for Investigative Operations. “Operation Triple Beam will serve as
a nationwide model for similar initiatives designed to tackle gang-related
violence and take back our communities. I commend all of the participants
for a job well done.”