Clayton Johnson, United States Marshal for the Northern District of Oklahoma here, joined by Chief Chuck Jordan of the Tulsa Police Department, announced in a USMS press release dated Nov. 19, 20121, the culmination of a strategic gang enforcement operation that removed 146 violent gang members and gang member associates from the streets of the Tulsa metropolitan area.
Dubbed Operation Triple Beam III, the goal of the operation was to combat the crime and violence associated with gang activity in the Tulsa area. Operation Triple Beam III is the third operation of its kind that has been deployed in Tulsa within the past two years. The two-month operation represents the commitment of law enforcement to reduce violent crime through multi-agency gang enforcement operations.
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.
“Operation Triple Beam is another example of outstanding law enforcement partnerships that are in place every day in the Northern District of Oklahoma,” Johnson said. “By working together, as proven again in this operation, we can remove dangerous criminals from our streets and make our communities safer for all of our citizens. These operations send a defined message that the U.S. Marshals Service and our state and local partners, combined, will not tolerate violent crimes and the crimes associated with gang members.” (USMS press release)
The objective and design of Operation Triple Beam III is to develop a systematic, sustained approach to reduce violent gang crime in the Tulsa Metro area by joining anti-gang resources from federal, state and local partners, using each agency’s strengths to accomplish the goal led by the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force. 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.
“Once again, our collaborative efforts with the U.S. Marshals Service have given us remarkable results in the area of gang violence,” said 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.” (Ibid)
Operation Triple Beam III, which ran from August to October, yielded substantial results. Authorities seized 29 firearms, $20,000 in U.S. currency, 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.
During the operation, robbery with firearms was down 31 percent and firearm assaults were down 23 percent, according to Tulsa Police CompStat data. The operation also resulted in the following significant arrests and investigations:
Sept. 11, members of Operation Triple Beam III arrested four homicide suspects wanted on three separate and unrelated homicides. Sought were Dwaine Ryder, a 107 Hoover Crip, who was suspected of killing a man over a dispute in the Parkview Terrace apartments in Tulsa, and Ronnie Jones (57 Hoover Crip) and Everett Wilson (Commanche Park Gangster associate), who were suspected of conducting a home invasion in the area of 1100 East 63rd Street in Tulsa where two people were shot inside the apartment and a third was shot and killed walking along the apartment complex.
The last suspect, Jermaine Jackson, was wanted after confronting two men in the parking lot of a busy Quick Trip gas station in south Tulsa. The two victims attempted to leave in their vehicle, at which time Jackson was suspected of firing multiple rounds into their vehicle, killing both men. Members of Operation Triple Beam III arrested all four suspects in less than 24 hours.
Homer Exom, of the 61st St. Hoover Crips, was arrested during a traffic stop on charges of possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana, after a loaded pistol and marijuana were recovered from inside the vehicle.
Johnny Brown, a Red Mob Gangster, was arrested as members of Operation Triple Beam III were attempting to conduct a search warrant. Brown was in the possession of a stolen .45 caliber handgun, three grams of powder cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. Brown was charged with possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled drug, all After Former Convictions of a Felony (AFCF).
Marquis Clark, a 49th St. Crip, was arrested for robbery with a firearm and was also listed as one of Tulsa’s Most Wanted. Upon his arrest, officers located a loaded 9mm Beretta that he was carrying.
Participating agencies included the ATF, Tulsa Police Department, the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, the Claremore Police Department, the Pryor Police Department, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Cherokee Nation Marshals Service. In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office provided critical assistance to the operation.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.