FRESNO, California (KGPE) – Between July and September, 126 gang members were arrested and law enforcement seized over 60 firearms. The effort was part of a strategic gang enforcement effort Operation Triple Beam.
One arrest was for having an untraceable gun in their car near a McClain High School football game.
“That firearm has no serial number, cannot be tracked,” said Assistant County Sheriff John Zanoni. “The firearm was ordered in pieces off the internet and then once the individual who ordered get the pieces assembled, it basically becomes an untraced and untracked firearm.”
As well as the arrests, 61 firearms were seized along with over $13,000, and various narcotics.
“Since 2010, Operation Triple Bean has been repeated successfully in over 80 different cities, with more than 10,000 arrests and more than 2,000 firearms,” said U.S. Marshal Chief Deputy Lasha Boyden.
Five of the 126 arrested will be prosecuted at the federal level.
A similar operation, Operation Washout, took place last year. Over a five day period in December, 105 gang members were arrested. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said these operations keep criminals off the street and protect innocent people.
“When you remove that many criminals. That many gang members. That many firearms from your street,” said Chief Dyer. “In all likelihood, you are preventing a child from being shot and killed in your city or county.”