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For Immediate Release

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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:

  • 231 state, local, and federal arrests

  • 144 gang members arrested

  • 86 firearms seized

  • 18.997 kilograms (kg) of narcotics seized

  • 838 Fentanyl pills seized

  • $821,774 illegal drugs seized (estimated street value)

  • $48,902 in U.S. currency seized

  • 3 missing children recovered

  • 2 stolen vehicles recovered

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.

Notable arrests:

  • Maurice Coleman, a documented Flat Land Blood gang member with a violent criminal history involving assault, robbery, resisting arrest, and multiple weapon violations, was wanted for a supervised release violation out of the northern District of Texas. The OPD Gang Unit used air assets during its pursuit of Coleman which ended with a safe and successful apprehension. During the arrest, a missing child was recovered and a firearm was seized.

  • Tommy Meyer was arrested by the MFTF on May 18 for a Nebraska Department of Correctional Services absconding warrant issued on Feb. 13. Inside the vehicle in which he was arrested investigators found a total of 11.35 pounds of suspected methamphetamine and $18,451 in U.S. currency.

  • Jose Morales and Pablo Morales were arrested on May 24 on an attempted murder warrant out of Virginia. After conducting surveillance on a residence, investigators observed two subjects matching the description of both men. MFTF members approached the residence on foot and placed both subjects in custody without incident. Both were transported to the Douglas County Jail in Omaha.

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.

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