The DOJ on Tuesday announced the end of a 90 day operation known as “Operation Triple Beam Albuquerque”. The operation was geared around apprehending fugitives from justice and 327 individuals were arrested for a variety of gang related violence The DOJ said that the wanted criminals came from the Bernalillo County and the Albuquerque, New Mexico metropolitan area.
During OTB Albuquerque, SWIFT located and apprehended 327 alleged state, local and federal fugitives, including 59 state probation and parole absconders, 10 individuals wanted for homicide, 20 for weapons offenses, 13 for sex crimes, 50 for assault, and 91 on narcotics charges. In the Santa Fe and Farmington communities, investigators made 92 arrests. The operation resulted in the seizure of 43 illegal firearms, more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine, four pounds of heroin, and two pounds of cocaine. In addition, 31 stolen vehicles were recovered and $50,000 was seized.
The DOJ pointed out that this is the second operation of the Operation Triple Beam program in New Mexico this year. The first was OTB Las Cruces concluded April 12, 2019 in Dona Ana County and the city of La Cruces that nabbed total of 269 fugitives. Since the DOJ launched the OTB program in 2017, there have been a a total of 33 operations resulting in more than 6,000 arrests, 1,200 firearms confiscations, and the seizure of $1.8 million.
AG Bill Barr said:
“I commend the work of the brave men and women of the U.S. Marshals Service on their outstanding execution of Operation Triple Beam, a nationwide effort by the Marshals to target violent, gang-related crime in some of America’s most dangerous cities. The Marshals are truly America’s fugitive hunters, with a proud tradition dating back to the founding of the United States. Their unyielding commitment to justice, in partnership with our state and local colleagues, made this initiative a great success.”
U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington added:
“We brought Operation Triple Beam, our mobile gang enforcement platform, to Albuquerque to target the gang-related fugitives fueling the violent crime in the area. The U.S. Marshals in the District of New Mexico, along with dedicated inspectors in our Investigative Operations Division, and all of our partner agencies, achieved results that illustrate our full commitment to make communities safer by addressing violent crime at its core and taking the worst of the worst off the streets. The good citizens of New Mexico have our enduring support.”