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Operation Triple Beam, an initiative led by the U.S. Marshals Service to track down the metropolitan area’s most violent and persistent offenders, resulted in hundreds of arrests and the seizure of dozens of firearms and illegal drugs.

“Operation Triple Beam brought a laser focus by all levels of law enforcement – federal, state, and local – to combat violent crime by targeting the worst offenders,” U.S. Attorney Tim Garrison said. “Armed and dangerous fugitives were located, arrested and taken off the street to face justice in state and federal court.

During Operation Triple Beam, which ran from late May to the middle of August, law enforcement officers made 355 state and federal arrests for outstanding warrants, violent crimes and drugs. Many of the arrestees were among the most violent and active offenders in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and many of these fugitives had multiple outstanding warrants from more than one agency. Law enforcement officers seized 69 firearms, more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition and 4.4 kilograms of illegal drugs including methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.

“We are marshaling federal resources to combat intolerable levels of violent crime and working closely with our partners at the state and local level,” Garrison added. Three prosecutors from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office were designated as new special assistant U.S. attorneys to prosecute violent offenders in federal court in Kansas City.

“I want to thank the brave and dedicated officers, deputies, and agents who worked tirelessly around the clock to go after and bring these predators to justice,” U.S. Marshal Mark James said. “The violence terrorizing our communities and neighborhoods must stop, but law enforcement cannot do it alone. We need citizens to pick up the phone and call the Crime Stoppers hotline. The reward has been increased to $25,000 and TIPS remain completely anonymous.”

The U.S. Marshals Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force-Kansas City Division operates in conjunction with members of the Kansas City Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and other federal law enforcement partners. The task force objectives are to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug offenses, sex offenses, and other serious felonies. Nationally, the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 67 local fugitive task forces, eight regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

Operation Triple Beam is part of a strategy to combat violent crime and drug trafficking in the Western District of Missouri in support of the district’s renewed Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state and local law enforcement officials, prosecutors and community leaders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. Project Safe Neighborhoods empowers each U.S. Attorney’s Office to develop targeted, localized violent crime reduction strategies, tailoring solutions to each individual community with the resources of the Department of Justice and the cooperation of community members.

Tips can be submitted anonymously to the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers via the TIPS hotline at 474-8477, on the internet at KCcrimestoppers.com or on the free mobile app available at P3Tips.com.

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