A massive operation in the city of San Antonio, Texas, resulted in the arrest of 215 gang members and the seizure of a vast quantity of drugs, guns, and illicit cash. The sweep was the end result of a nearly three-month-long collaboration between federal, state, and local agencies, but despite the large haul, officials say there is always more work to be done.
Known as Operation Triple Beam, the action involved Deputy U.S. Marshals, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Texas State troopers and local San Antonio police officers, and aside from the hundreds of criminals caught up in the net, officers also seized 70 guns, $233,373 in cash, and $176,153 worth of drugs. Additionally, the San Antonio Express-News tells us that at least 40 of those picked up were federal fugitives.
Reports have not yet been clear on which gangs, exactly, were targetted by the most recent bust, but many believe that those brought into custody may have had some ties with the notorious MS-13 organization. MS-13 has become a direct target of the Trump administration, and the President himself has promised further crackdowns to rid our nation of the murderous transnational criminal enterprise. If this raid did indeed MS-13, it would pose a massive blow to their operations in the state of Texas.
Texas governor Greg Abbot has also said that he plans to step up anti-gang operations after declaring the city of Houston “hostile territory for gangs” this past April. “This recent wave of senseless violence cannot continue,” the governor said at a press conference earlier this year. “Government’s foremost responsibility is to keep our citizens safe and secure. Texas will take action and use all lawful means to put an end to this lawlessness.”
Despite the recent successes, crime is not about to stop simply because of this wave of arrests, and officials warn that there is still plenty more police work to be done in order to clean our country’s streets. “We have to keep the pressure up and keep working,” San Antonio Assistant Police Chief James Flavin said. “We just have to keep being proactive.”