Houston News : Houston-area law enforcement arrest hundreds, seize weapons during ‘Operation Triple Beam’

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U.S. Marshals announced on Tuesday the arrests of hundreds of gang members in Houston during Operation Triple Beam.

U.S. Marshals announced on Tuesday the arrests of hundreds of gang members in Houston during Operation Triple Beam.

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U.S. Marshals announced on Tuesday the arrests of hundreds of gang members in Houston during Operation Triple Beam.

U.S. Marshals announced on Tuesday the arrests of hundreds of gang members in Houston during Operation Triple Beam.

Photo: Courtesy

Houston-area law enforcement arrest hundreds, seize weapons during ‘Operation Triple Beam’

More than 500 violent offenders, some of which have gang affiliations, were arrested recently in the Houston area as a result of a collaborative effort between state, federal and county law enforcement agencies, officials announced Tuesday.

During an recent initiative called “Operation Triple Beam”, agencies captured 501 fugitives and cleared 793 arrest warrants, said U.S. Marshal Gary Blankinship at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. About 113 gang members were arrested, while 221 gang warrants were closed, Blakinship said. Law enforcement seized 41 firearms, more than $460,000 in U.S. currency, nine vehicles and 11.6 kilos of narcotics, he added.

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Blakinship said the initiative sends a clear message to gangs and gang members that “our job is to dismantle and disrupt violent gangs in our city.”

“We want to clear the Houston area of violent gangs,” he said.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo agreed.

“We can actually take a collective breath and know that we are a lot safer this holiday season than we were 90 days ago,” Acevedo said at Tuesday’s conference.

He also had words for the court system.

“To the courts and the judges, we’ve done our job,” Acevedo said. “We’ve taken them to jail, and now your job is to make sure you hold them accountable.”

Harris County Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Timothy Navarre said the violent offenders were some of the most dangerous types of criminals, “and many won’t hesitate to use violence against others, especially (on) those law enforcement officers who wish to arrest them.”

Houston gangs represented in the recent arrests include gang members from the Southwest Cholos, 59 Bounty Hunters, 52 Hoover Crips and Houston’s Tango Blast, said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.

“Our collective message from law enforcement is, ‘You can run but you can’t hide,'” Ogg said.

Blakinship also used Tuesday’s conference to announce his retirement from the agency after 42 years in law enforcement.

This story will be updated.

Michelle Iracheta is a digital reporter in Houston. Read her on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com. | [email protected]



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