For Immediate Release
|May 23, 2018||
Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Oklahoma (405) 231-4206;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
|U.S. Marshals, OCPD Combine Forces to 'Disrupt' Gang Operations|
Oklahoma City, OK -
The U.S. Marshals
Service Western District of Oklahoma’s Metro Fugitive Task Force
partnered with the Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) to execute a warrant
operation from April 9-30. Targets of this operation, dubbed Operation
Disruption, were identified as
known gang members with violent criminal histories and outstanding
warrants or subjects with felony warrants.
During this operation, USMS and OCPD compiled target information and possible locations of each subject, using a multitude of law enforcement databases from each agency. OCPD detectives and OCPD analysts worked together with the Western District of Oklahoma’s Investigative Research Specialist for the weeks leading up to April 22 to provide as much information on each target as possible. Starting April 22, deputy U.S. marshals, USMS task force officers, OCPD detectives and OCPD gang units hit the streets to focus all their time and effort on arresting each of the targets identified.
During this operation, the task force increased its manpower to about 50 members and arrested a total of 83 individuals. These individuals were arrested on outstanding warrants or on probable cause and are facing new charges. Forty-one of these were confirmed gang members to include Crips, Bloods, Vice Lords, United Aryan Brotherhood, Skinheads, Irish Mob, South Side Locos, Grand Barrio Centrale and Juaritos.
The operation also led to the seizure of 11 firearms -- 10 handguns and one sawed-off shotgun; 523 grams of narcotics -- cocaine, methamphetamines and pills; $540 in cash and $120 in counterfeit bills. Three subjects are facing additional state firearm charges, and possibly new federal charges.
Along with the U.S. Marshals Service, the following agencies participated during this operation:
Oklahoma City Police Department
Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office
Oklahoma Highway Patrol
Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics
Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives
Federal Bureau of Investigations
United States Postal Service
Midwest City Police Department
Comanche County Detention Facility
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office
Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office
One subject was designated as the Operation’s “Most Wanted.” Ronnie Brannon, a Shotgun Crip gang member, had a homicide warrant relating to a shooting and murder in northeast Oklahoma City in September 2017. From April 22-25, investigators conducted surveillance on multiple locations and conducted several interviews that laid the ground work for the investigation. U.S. Marshals, Task Force Officers, OCPD detectives, uniformed officers, a K-9 officer, and OCPD Air Support focused on several residences where Brannon was known to visit. Throughout April 25, USMS investigators continued to locate and interview Brannon’s associates. Ultimately, investigators were provided the location where Brannon was staying. OCPD and the USMS task force arrested Brannon at that location in Midwest City at approximately 4:45 p.m. Two family members were arrested for harboring Brannon. Additional family members and associates may have charges forthcoming for harboring and obstruction as well.
Another target for the operation was Sean Sellers, a Hoover Crip gang member with a felony warrant for aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and battery by strangulation, and felon in possession of a firearm. Sellers allegedly pistol whipped his girlfriend with her handgun and stole the handgun when he left. Sellers had an extensive criminal history including violence and firearms possession. Investigators conducted interviews and developed information that Sellers was in possession of a high performance Dodge Challenger. On April 26, a TFO received information that Sellers was involved in a high-speed pursuit with Troopers near Amarillo, Texas. Traveling in excess of 140 mph, Sellers was able to outrun the officers. Sellers and a female were later located behind a business while attempting to get an UBER ride, and Sellers was arrested. The female who was in the vehicle with Sellers provided information that Sellers had a handgun but had thrown it out during the pursuit. April 27, Texas Department of Public Safety contacted the USMS TFO to notify him the firearm had been recovered and that it had been stolen out of Oklahoma. DPS also stated they were charging Sellers with felon in possession of a firearm along with numerous other charges stemming from the police chase.
“I would like to thank the Oklahoma City Police Department for their assistance in this operation,” said Johnny Lee Kuhlman, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Oklahoma. “Operations like this can’t happen without the cooperation of other law enforcement agencies. The metro area has a history of law enforcement working together and this is another great example of that in our efforts to make our community a safer place to live.”
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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