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More than 350 people were arrested, including almost a hundred alleged gang members, as part of a six-month long multi agency operation in Texas led by the US Marshals Service.

The 26-week ‘Operation Triple Beam – Third Coast’ brought together deputy Marshals, task force officers, police officers and agents to bring down wanted gang members and firearms related offenders.

The operation, which began April 7 and ended September 30, led to the arrest of 351 people including 92 gang members.

Eleven were charged with homicide, 74 with assault, 68 for weapons offenses, 21 for robbery, 135 for drug offenses, 28 for burglary, 29 for sex offenses, and five for arson.  

'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,' T. Michael O'Connor, (pictured) US Marshal for the Southern District of Texas, said

'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,' T. Michael O'Connor, (pictured) US Marshal for the Southern District of Texas, said

‘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,’ T. Michael O’Connor, (pictured) US Marshal for the Southern District of Texas, said 

Over 300 people and 92 alleged gang members were arrested on the Gulf Coast as part of a six-month long U.S Marshals operation. File image

Over 300 people and 92 alleged gang members were arrested on the Gulf Coast as part of a six-month long U.S Marshals operation. File image

Over 300 people and 92 alleged gang members were arrested on the Gulf Coast as part of a six-month long U.S Marshals operation. File image 

Authorities also seized 86 firearms, 32.971 kilograms of narcotics, and $4,360,968, the U.S Marshals Service said in a statement

‘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,’ T. Michael O’Connor, US Marshal for the Southern District of Texas, said in a statement.

‘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 added. 

The operation initially focused on executing warrants on members of street and prison gangs in Nueces County, Aransas County, San Patricio County and surrounding areas. 

The sting began focusing on known criminals wanted for aggravated offenses but as the operation progressed, ‘the focus shifted to known high-crime areas and violent fugitives with aggravated warrants.’

The Corpus Christi Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and US Drug Enforcement Administration were among the multiple agencies involved in the operation, officials said. 

Source: dailymail

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