255 arrested in North Mississippi as part of federal operation

A month-long joint law enforcement operation aimed to keep North Mississippi clean of crime.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2018 1:47 PM
Updated: Oct. 10, 2018 10:33 AM

Update: 10/09/18 11:14 p.m.

Violent crime is an issue U.S. Marshals have been tackling with local law enforcement agencies. 

In a month-long operation, authorities announced over 250 arrests. Over half of those arrests were gang members, some of which were taken into custody in Tupelo. 

Operation Triple Beam took over 30 local law enforcement agencies, across 13 counties including the support of state and federal authorities. 

“The Gangster Disciples, the Simon City Royals, the Latin Kings and the Aryan Brotherhood,” said Daniel McKittrick, U.S. Marshal for Northern District of Mississippi. 

In neighborhoods near Lawndale Drive, residents speak of gang violence. 

“In Tupelo, there are gangs here," said Mike Quarels, the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force commander. "All the gangs that the marshals mentioned in the statement there are here. Not only are they here, but they’re advanced and they communicate well.”

WTVA spotted the street gang graffiti of "LL9" President's Gate Apartments, which is set to be demolished. 

“Fights, guns," said Mack Turner, who used to live at the apartments. He's the president of an organization called United Brothers and Sisters.

"Matter fact, my first night here they were shooting below my apartment you know I slept on the floor because I thought they were going to shoot in my apartment," he said.

Turner says the crime has gotten a lot better and that he's trying to heal his community.

“I started talking to people, and started having events in the park and prayer walks to end violence in the community.”

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre tells WTVA that suspects who were arrested during Operation Triple Beam claimed gang affiliations. 

Officials say more operations like it could be seen in the future. 

See the original post below.

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A month-long joint law enforcement operation aimed to keep North Mississippi clean of crime.

"Operation Triple Beam" resulted in the arrests of 255 people in North Mississippi on a variety of criminal charges including homicide, assault, robbery and arson.

The operation brought together federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

The operation also resulted in the seizure of approximately $52,773 worth of narcotics, $50,565 in cash, and 76 firearms as well as the recovery of 11 stolen vehicles.

Operation Triple Beam started on August 13 in Northeast Mississippi and ended on September 14.

“As a part of the initiative, approximately 150 gang members were arrested or validated by law enforcement,” stated the U.S. Department of Justice. “In addition, almost 200 registered sex offenders living in areas of Northeast Mississippi were checked for compliance with sex offender registration requirements. Compliance checks were also conducted on another 150 moderate and high-risk federal and state probationers.”

The operation was a combined effort of more than 30 local law enforcement agencies across 13 counties in North Mississippi, along with state and federal law enforcement partners.

“When law enforcement officers work together, we get results,” said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Again and again, law enforcement in North Mississippi have given the rest of this nation an example of what we can accomplish when we bring together the resource and expertise of our federal officers with the street level intelligence of our state and local partners.”

Operation Triple Beam was accomplished in partnership with the following agencies:

  1. U.S. Marshal’s Service
  2. U.S. Attorney’s Office
  3. U.S. Probation
  4. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Division
  5. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
  6. Mississippi Bureau of Investigations
  7. Mississippi Highway Patrol
  8. Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics
  9. Mississippi Attorney General’s Office
  10. Mississippi Department of Corrections
  11. Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  12. Lee County Sheriff’s Department
  13. Tupelo Police Department
  14. Pontotoc Police Department
  15. Pontotoc Sheriff’s Department
  16. Union County Sheriff’s Department
  17. Monroe County Sheriff’s Department
  18. Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department
  19. Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department
  20. Corinth Police Department
  21. Booneville Police Department
  22. Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department
  23. Tate County Sheriff’s Department
  24. Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department
  25. Starkville Police Department
  26. Marshall County Sheriff’s Department
  27. Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department
  28. Panola County Sheriff’s Department
  29. Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department
  30. Fulton Police Department
  31. Okolona Police Department
  32. New Albany Police Department

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