The U.S. Marshals arrested 262 dangerous criminals and recovered five missing children in the state of Oklahoma in 60 days under Operation Triple Beam (OTB), which ended on Sept. 6, the New York Post reported.
The operation netted the marshals, 72 firearms, more than 9 kilos (19 pounds) of narcotics and about $17,000 in cash was recovered.
Of the 262 criminals arrested, 141 are members of dangerous gangs such as the Surenos, Rollin 60’s Crips, and Dungee Crip accused of homicide, robbery, kidnapping, rape, and drug trafficking.
“Our primary goal with operations like OTB is to make communities safer,” the marshals said in a statement. “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.”
In the operation, which began on July 6 and was supported and coordinated by at least 12 local police and judicial agencies, five missing children were found.
Similarly, during the two-week “Operation Not Forgotten,” which concluded Aug. 27, the marshals in Georgia recovered 39 missing children and arrested nine people on human trafficking charges, according to Fox News.
“The message to the missing children and their families is that we will never stop looking for them,” Donald Washington, the director of the U.S. Marshals Service, said in a statement.
The Trump administration has made fighting human trafficking a priority. This year, it signed an executive order to combat human trafficking and online child exploitation in the United States by allocating funds and legal resources for this.
In fiscal year 2018, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) made 1,588 arrests related to human trafficking of which 1,543 were for sexual exploitation, according to the White House.