Gang enforcement operation takes 103 off the streets

Gang enforcement operation takes 103 off the streets (Photo DOJ)

A multi-agency gang enforcement operation called "Operation Washout" wrapped on Monday after making 103 arrests.

The operation was led by the U.S. Marshals Eastern District of California and the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

The 5-day operation took place Monday, December 3rd through Friday, December 7th.

The focus of the operation was to reduce violent crime by going after known street gangs in the Fresno County area.

Out of the 103 arrested, 72 were gang members or associates.

Operation Washout was developed to reduce violent gang crime by targeting violent fugitives and criminal offenders who committed high-profile crimes such as homicide, felony assault and sexual assault, illegal possession of firearms, illegal drug distribution, robbery and arson.

Operation Washout is designed to bring immediate relief to communities victimized by violence using this anti-gang violent crime reduction methodology.

The arrest of 103 offenders within a span of 5 days should send a message that these law enforcement efforts will continue.

Since 2010, the U.S. Marshals have led more than 60 counter gang operations, which have yielded over 8,000 arrests and the seizure of more than 1,800 illegal firearms.

Operation Washout Highlights:

  • Safe recovery of a 6 month old child
  • Seizure of 18 firearms
  • 72 gang members identified
  • Over $37,000 seized
  • Two (2) pounds of Methamphetamine
  • 73 pounds of Marijuana seized

Notable Arrests:

  • AGUILERA, Steven, arrested for Parole Violation and Possession of approximately 2 grams of Methamphetamine (gang member).
  • KAJITANI, George, arrested for Felon in possession of a firearm, multiple weapon charges, and loaded firearm in vehicle (gang member).
  • PRESSLEY, Thomas, arrested for loaded firearm in public (gang member).
  • ROBINSON, Jason, arrested for Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition, Distribution of Narcotics, Possession of Controlled Substance while Armed, Receiving Stolen Property. Seized $20K in cash, 5 Firearms, approximately 3.5 grams Cocaine, Honey Oil Lab, and 70lbs of Marijuana packaged for sales.
  • (Minor), Juvenile arrested for Possession with Intent to distribute, approximately 2lbs Methamphetamine and $1300 Seized.
  • FLORES, Michael and MORALES, Carmen, were arrested for kidnapping of 6 month old child. Child was returned, unharmed to mother. This investigation was led by the Selma Police Department and TFO Caleb Garcia.
  • YOUNG, Efonte, shot a victim in the arm and then fled the area. YOUNG later entered an elderly female apartment in an attempt to evade law enforcement. SWAT was dispatched to the scene after YOUNG refused to exit the apartment. As SWAT approached, YOUNG exited the apartment and was taken into custody without further incident. YOUNG is a TWAMP Gang member.
  • BYRD, Keanu, arrested for Human Trafficking of Minor for a Sex Act, (gang member).
  • OCAMPO, Ramiro, HANA, George, and ALVARADO, David, were all arrested together and charged with Marijuana Sales, approximately 3lbs Marijuana and Hash Oil, and a large amount of Promethazine was seized. HANA, George, was also arrested for Felon in possession of a firearm, 1 firearm was seized. A large amount of cash, approximately $16K, was also seized.

Participating Agencies:

  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives
  • Homeland Security
  • California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC)
  • Fresno Police Department
  • Fresno County Sheriff’s Department
  • Fresno County District Attorney’s Office
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