For Immediate Release
|September 27, 2021||U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699|
|U.S. Marshals, Omaha PD, Lincoln PD Anti-Gang Operation Leads to 231 Arrests|
Omaha, NE – A four-month operation led by the U.S. Marshals Service Metro Fugitive Task Force (MFTF), the Omaha Police Department, and Lincoln Police Department, to mitigate and dismantle gang activity in the Omaha metro area has resulted in 231 arrests, including 144 gang members, as well as the seizure of numerous firearms and illicit narcotics.
Named in remembrance of fallen officers Deputy U.S. Marshal Paul Keyes and OPD Detective Kerrie Orozco, a task force officer on the MFTF, Triple Beam/Operation K.O. was conducted from May to August and focused on arrest warrants involving gang members, gang suppression, and gang intervention/prevention.
Keyes, 41, lost a 15-month battle with cancer in February 2018. He was a team leader on the MFTF and specialized in threat management cases and protective operations. Orozco, 29, was shot and killed as she and other members of the task force attempted to serve a warrant on a man wanted for a shooting in September 2014.
Operation Triple Beam’s mission is to dismantle gangs by arresting violent gang offenders, seizing firearms, and recovering assets used to further gang activity.
During the early stages of Operation K.O. the MFTF and OPD were able to increase the number of arrests for gun related offenses which also decreased the amount of gun related offenses.
“This operation was dedicated to Deputy US Marshal Paul Keyes and Officer Kerrie Orozco for their tireless efforts on apprehending violent fugitives and serving their community,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of Nebraska Scott Kracl. “The United States Marshals Service is fortunate to have partners from OPD, LPD, Douglas and Sarpy county to achieve results that exceeded expectations. I’m confident their efforts will reduce violent crime and have rightfully lived up to the memory of Kerrie and Paul.”
Operation K.O. resulted in the following:
During Operation K.O., of the subjects who were arrested, 36 were arrested for assault, 68 for weapon charges, two for sexual assault, five for failure to register, six for burglary, 53 for drug charges, 15 for robbery, three for vehicle theft, and 32 for other charges.
Participating agencies: Omaha Police Department (Gang Unit), Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department, Lincoln Police Department (Gang Unit), and the Lancaster Sheriff’s Department
Imagery from OTB/Operation K.O. can be found here. https://www.flickr.com/gp/usmarshals/UtxCj4
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.