After a six-month multiagency crime sweep on the Gulf Coast, federal officials announced that more than 350 people were arrested.
The U.S. Marshals claimed in a statement on Monday, Dec. 13, that the operation, named “Operation Triple Beam—Third Coast,” targeted gang members and violent criminals, which resulted in 351 arrests, including 92 accused gang members, the seizure of 86 guns, $4,360,968, and 32 kilograms of illicit drugs, according to New York Post.
The probe began Apr. 7 and ended Sept. 30.
“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,” US Marshal for the Southern District of Texas T. Michael O’Connor said Monday 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.”
The Corpus Christi Police Department; Nueces County Sheriff’s Office; Texas Department of Public Safety; Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other entities were involved in the operation.
“I am extremely proud of all our law enforcement partners who have worked so diligently these past several months,” said O’Connor.