The US Marshals Service, Omaha Police Department and numerous other state and local agencies arrested 208 suspects on felony warrants during Operation Triple Beam, 75 of which were gang members. 101 illegal firearms were taken off the streets, $443,256.60 worth of Illegal narcotics and $11,202.35 in cash were seized during these arrests.
110 gang members were apprehended during the three month long operation. 17 different gangs had members that were taken into custody. 60 gang members were arrested that had a firearm seized during their arrest. 17 gang members were arrested that had illegal drugs seized during their arrest. Of the 268 total arrests, 139 were violent offenders, 86 had possession of a firearm that had been involved in a violent crime, 8 had possession of a firearm that was stolen, 3 had possession of a firearm that had been involved in a Robbery and 8 had possession of a firearm that had been involved in an Assault.
According to Data Omaha, there were a total of 9 firearm related Homicides during the combined months of June, July and August of 2015 in the Omaha Metro Area. During the combined months of June, July and August 2016, there were a total of 3 firearm related Homicides (as of August 19th).
The three month long operation was conducted from June 1st to September 1st. The joint operation led by the US Marshals included the US Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force, the Omaha Police Department Gang Unit, Nebraska State Adult and Juvenile Probation, ATF and the Lincoln Police Dept. Gang Unit, targeted gang members, violent offenders, Sex Offenders and gang member associates. The primary focus for the operation was the Omaha Metro Area and the City of Lincoln.
The operation was named Triple Beam which is a commonly used phrase that stands for the three main targets of the Operation which are Firearms, Illegal Drugs and Gang Members, in that order. The plan was for the USMS, the OPD Gang Units and the Lincoln PD Gang Unit, to conduct targeted enforcement. Operations were primarily developed from intelligence gathering, sources, fugitive investigations, Adult and Juvenile Probation investigations.
Photo By: Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals