OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – U.S. Marshals recently completed a 60-day operation in which they arrested hundreds of suspected criminals, many of whom are violent gang members. They also managed to rescue five kidnapped children.
Operation Triple Beam spent 60 days apprehending criminals in Oklahoma City
The operation, known as Operation Triple Beam (OTB), was enacted in effort to curb the violent crime rates in Oklahoma City.
OTB authorities managed to arrest 262 people on suspicion of criminal activity, reports KFOR News Oklahoma. 141 of them are alleged gang members. The charges these people face are varied.
88 suspects are charged with weapons offenses. 21 suspects are accused of assault, while another 21 are accused of burglary. 57 suspects face drug offense charges, and six suspects are accused of homicide.
Further, the authorities seized about $17,000, 72 firearms, and more than nine kilograms of narcotics.
Many agencies joined forces to support OTB’s mission. These include:
- Oklahoma Department of Corrections
- Comanche County Detention
- Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics
- Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
- Homeland Security Investigations
- Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office
- United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma
- Oklahoma City Police Department
- Oklahoma Highway Patrol
- Shawnee Police Department
- Yukon Police Department
- Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office
- Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office
Children rescued, gang members in custody
OTB also rescued five children. At least some of those children were the offspring of Chasady and Charles Hall of the Dungee Crip gang, who were arrested on August 12. Reports say that Chasady and Charles allegedly kidnapped their children from a local daycare. The kids were in the Department of Human Services’ custody.
Pablo Robledo was also arrested on July 31. He is a member of the Surenos gang, but he had escaped from the Oklahoma County Detention Center and needed to be found. Robledo now faces murder charges.
‘Our primary goal with operations like OTB is to make communities safer’
Oklahoma City has one of the worst violent crime rates in the country. The city is only safer than 4% of other cities around the nation. The chances of one becoming the victim of a violent crime in OKC are one in 114.
“Operation Triple Beam OKC was a targeted enforcement initiative by the Marshals and their partners to address violent crime in and around Oklahoma City,” said Johnny Kuhlman, a U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Oklahoma.
“Our primary goal with operations like OTB is to make communities safer. When we arrest these violent fugitives, we are also removing guns and narcotics from our streets. We believe these efforts have an immediate, positive impact on the communities we serve.”