More than a dozen law enforcement agencies gathered in Roanoke Monday morning to announce the completion of a months-long operation that resulted in over 200 arrests and the seizure of guns, drugs, and money.
Officials said the operation was led by the U.S. Marshals Service.
For three months, January through March 2019, “Operation Triple Beam”, focused on reducing crime in Roanoke and protecting the community. Officials made 209 arrests, confiscated 49 guns, seized nearly half a million dollars worth of illegal drugs, and found $79,821 in cash.
Federal, state, and local law enforcement worked together to identify and arrest violent fugitives, targeting unlawful gun possession and narcotics trafficking, and collecting intelligence to allow for the systematic removal of individuals who have committed and are committing crimes in Roanoke City.
The individuals arrested are being charged with various state and federal crimes, such as a distribution of a controlled substance or possession of a firearm with the intent to commit a felony, among other charges.
The following agencies took part in “Operation Triple Beam”:
- United States Attorney’s Office
- U.S. Marshals Service
- Roanoke City Police Department
- Roanoke County Police Department
- Salem Police Department
- Virginia State Police
- Office of the Roanoke County Commonwealth’s Attorney
- Office of the Roanoke City Commonwealth’s Attorney
- Virginia National Guard
- Virginia Department of Corrections
“Operation Triple Beam was a unified event, within the Roanoke valley law enforcement community, aimed at reducing those elements that contribute to violent crime rates,” said Acting U.S. Marshal Brad Sellers.
“Our success is directly attributable to the cohesive support of our area’s law enforcement agencies and the Prosecution teams serving those communities. This force- multiplier, team focused, event allowed for greater emphasis toward the common goal of making our communities safer; which I believe we accomplished.”