Tulsa-area task force targets gang violence

TULSA - Authorities announced Friday the results of a strategic gang enforcement operation that resulted in the arrests of several gang members.

Over 140 gang members and gang member associates were arrested from August to October, authorities said.

 "Operation Triple Beam III",  was formed to combat the crime and violence associated with gang activity in the Tulsa area, authorities said.  

More than 40 law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Tulsa Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and other federal, state and local agencies combined resources that served as a force-multiplier to bring the most violent gang members to justice and remove deadly guns and drugs from the streets of Tulsa.

"With two previous and highly successful gang operations conducted in Tulsa, the Chief of Police for the Tulsa Police Department requested another such operation to combat a surge of gang violence within the City of Tulsa," said Deputy U. S. Marshal Clayton Johnson.

The Tulsa Police Department requested the task force to pull resources in order to target known violent offenders.

"Once again, our collaborative efforts with the U.S. Marshals Service have given us remarkable results in the area of gang violence," said Tulsa Chief of Police Chuck Jordan. "The arrest of 146 gang members and associates has produced a significant decline in our gang-related shootings and gang-related crimes. The citizens of Tulsa and northeast Oklahoma can be assured that their federal and municipal law enforcement agencies are and will always work in concert to target and remediate gang-related violence aggressively."

In three months, authorities seized 29 firearms, $20,000 in cash, and $22,300 worth of crack, cocaine, marijuana and PCP.

Authorities investigated 35 gun cases during the operation and located and interviewed more than 260 documented gang members.

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