More than 230 people arrested in Nebraska anti-gang operation dubbed ‘K.O.’

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Operation “KO” is focused on reducing and eliminating gang activity in the Omaha metro area, Marshall said Monday. News release.

According to the release, 144 gang members were arrested as a result of the operation, led by the US Marshals Service Metro Fugitive Task Force (MFTF), the Omaha Police Department (OPD) and the Lincoln Police Department.

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The four-month operation, which took place from May to August, focused on “arrest warrants, gang members, gang suppression and gang interference/prevention”, officials said.

“During Operation KO, of the subjects who were arrested, 36 were charged with assault, 68 for weapons charges, two for sexual assault, five for failing to register, six for theft. For, 53 were arrested for drug charges, 15 for robbery, three for vehicle theft, and 32 for other charges,” the Marshall Service said.

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Along with the arrests, 86 firearms, illegal drugs worth $821,774 and $48,902 in cash were seized, according to the release.

The Marshal Service insisted that three missing children were also found, as well as two stolen vehicles.

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Officials said the operation resulted in several significant arrests, including an alleged Flat Land Blood gang member Maurice Coleman, who has now been charged with assault, robbery, resisting arrest and arms violation. A missing child was taken into custody during his arrest, the release said.

‘Names in memory of fallen officers’

The release said Operation KO was named “in memory of the fallen officers” by Deputy US Marshal Paul Keys and OPD Detective Kerry Orozco.

Keys, who was a team leader with MFTF, lost his battle with cancer in February 2018, when he was 41. Orozco, an MFTF Task Force officer, was fatally shot in September 2014 while serving a warrant on a suspect wanted for a shooting. She was 29 years old.

“This operation was dedicated to Deputy US Marshal Paul Keys and Officer Kerry Orozco for their tireless efforts to capture violent fugitives and serve their community,” US Marshal Scott Crackle for the District of Nebraska said in a statement.

“The United States Marshals Service is fortunate to have OPD, LPD, Douglas and Sarpie County partners to achieve results that exceed expectations. I am confident that their efforts will reduce violent crime and will be rightfully in memory of Kerry and Paul. Live by,” Krall added.

Other agencies participating in the operation included the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Sarpie County Sheriff’s Department, and the Lancaster Sheriff’s Department.

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