WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Authorities from several law enforcement agencies announced the results of “Operation Triple Beam” in Wichita.
“Operation Triple Beam” is a U.S. Marshals Service-led collaborative initiative that partners with federal, state, and local law enforcement to focus on violent crime. Over two 10-day periods between June 15-June 24 and July 17-July 26, authorities targeted violent fugitives and those with active warrants in Wichita.
During the period, authorities confiscated over 73,000 fentanyl pills, 10 pounds of meth, 22 grams of cocaine, and 65 grams of marijuana and seized 19 firearms: 14 handguns, four rifles, and one shotgun. Seven firearm suppressors were also seized.
“We don’t know as we stand here today how many lives were saved as a result of this action, but just the simple fact of taking more than 70,000 fentanyl pills off the streets could have saved countless lives in this community,” said KBI director Tony Mattivi.
One hundred forty-nine felon warrants were cleared.
Authorities said the cooperation between law enforcement agencies and residents helped.
“I want to thank the community members themselves, who provided information, who assisted in providing actionable intelligence that allowed this operation to be a success,” Wichita Police Chief Joseph Sullivan said. “This was an impact-driven program, meaning that we targeted, utilizing data-driven applications, impact players, people that were driving the crime, especially the violent crime here in Wichita.”
“This was a strategic operation that was designed for impact. That impact is to reduce the crime rate, the violent crime rate in Wichita,” Ronald Miller, United States Marshal for the District of Kansas, said.
The following law enforcement agencies were involved:
- U.S. Marshals Service
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
- Homeland Security Investigations
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- United States Attorney’s Office
- Kansas Bureau of Investigation
- Kansas Highway Patrol
- Kansas Department of Corrections
- Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office
- Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office
- Sedgwick County Emergency Communications
- Wichita Police Department