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Operation Triple Beam: 200 arrested in KCK crackdown on gang violence, violent crime

About 200 people arrested during crackdown on violent crime

About 200 people were arrested during a 60-day operation targeting gang violence and violent crime in Kansas City, Kan., authorities announced Thursday, May 3, 2018. About half of the people arrested allegedly were gang members.
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About 200 people were arrested during a 60-day operation targeting gang violence and violent crime in Kansas City, Kan., authorities announced Thursday, May 3, 2018. About half of the people arrested allegedly were gang members.

About 200 people were arrested during a 60-day operation targeting gang violence and violent crime in Kansas City, Kan., authorities announced Thursday.

Authorities say about half of the people arrested were gang members. Authorities named the effort Operation Triple Beam after the type of scale used in drug sales.

During the operation authorities seized 60 firearms and more than 41 pounds of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. More than $115,000 in cash also was seized.

"We are getting very close to the summer vacation for our youth," said Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler, during a press conference. "We need to curb the violence in the community. We need to curb the drive-by shootings. The last thing we need is our young people out of school and having to dodge bullets because gang members are doing drive-by shootings."

The national initiative developed by the U.S. Marshals Service targets and arrests violent fugitives, gang members and suspects in violent crimes.

The operation ended April 27 and was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service and Kansas City, Kan., police. They worked in partnership with the Wyandotte County sheriff's and district attorney's offices, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, Kansas Department of Corrections and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb
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