90 gang members arrested in major South Mississippi crime bust

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A 5-day cooperative operation between various law enforcement divisions led to a massive crime bust in Gulfport.

Forty people were arrested as a result of Operation Shark Tank, carried out by the Gulfport Police Narcotics Division, US Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, MBN, ATF, HSI and MDOC. The arrests took place between April 16- April 20. Officials say several firearms and narcotics were seized during this operation.

Operation Shark Tank is a sub-operation of Operation Triple Beam, a six-week-long violence reduction initiative for the Southern District of Mississippi under the U.S. Department of Justice.

A total of 270 people were arrested in the region for various crimes. Officials confirmed that about 90 were gang members with affiliations including the Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, Simon City Royals, Latin Kings, and the Aryan Brotherhood.

The effort was aimed at targeting felony offenders throughout the Gulf Coast through pro-active patrols, warrant roundups and undercover operations.

As quoted in a release from Gulfport police, "Criminals should know the Gulfport Police Department will use every recourse at its disposal to detect, disrupt, and bring to justice all that seek to commit crime in our city."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated, "The arrest of more than 270 people – including 90 gang members – throughout the Southern District of Mississippi is the result of collaboration between federal officers and our state and local partners." He added, "When law enforcement officers work together, we get results."

This was the first time Operation Triple Beam was conducted through an entire U.S. Attorney's district. The South Mississippi roll out of the operation is believed to be one of the most successful in the country.

The following is a list of the individuals arrested in the City of Gulfport and their charges. You can also find full details of Southern District of Mississippi Operation Triple Beam below:

  1. FREDRICK, BRODERICK – Possession of Marijuana, Resisting by Flight
  2. TILLMAN, MELISSA – Sale of Cocaine
  3. SMITH, DURRELL – Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Weapon by a convicted Felon
  4. TOWNER, JASMINE – Possession of Marijuana
  5. GARDNER, JAMEEL – Sale of Marijuana
  6. CRUMPTON, CHANCY – Sale of a Controlled Substance
  7. EVANS, SYDERECK – Sale of a Controlled Substance
  8. CLARK, EBONY – Possession of Pharmaceuticals
  9. CLEMONS, ERIC – Sale of Cocaine Base
  10. BALL, AMOS – Sale of Marijuana
  11. JERNIGAN, JOHN – Possession of Marijuana
  12. BAZOR, BRANDY – Possession of Marijuana
  13. FARRIS, RICHARD – Possession of Paraphernalia
  14. TUNER, COURTNEY – Possession of Marijuana
  15. CLEMONS, ERIC – Sale of Cocaine Base, MDOC Violation
  16. MILLER, CHRISTIAN – Possession of Methamphetamine
  17. BALL, AMOS – Sale of a Controlled Substance, Fugitive from Justice (Alabama Department of Corrections)
  18. BELL, GARYION – Possession of Marijuana
  19. ROLLINS, CLARENCE – Possession of Marijuana
  20. AGEE, JASMINE – Possession of Marijuana
  21. LEBEAU, WILLIE – MDOC Violation
  22. DEAN, JAMIE – Possession of Methamphetamine
  23. MASON, JEREMY – Possession of Paraphernalia
  24. BYRD, JAVON – Federal Weapons Charge
  25. BROWN, DANIEL – Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon
  26. BRANDON, DEONDRA – Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon
  27. BUTLER, MILTON – Sale of a controlled Substance
  28. CASEY, CHRISTOPHER – Sale of a Controlled Substance
  29. Clark, Darrius – MDOC Violation
  30. Clark, Douglas – MDOC Violation
  31. FARRIS, RICHARD – Possession of Paraphernalia
  32. HAMBY, JOHN – Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
  33. LOWE, REGINALD – Contempt of Court
  34. PEARSON, RENALDO – Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
  36. SCOTT, REGINALD – Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
  37. SPARKMANL, QWENTEN – Sale OF a Controlled Substance
  38. TYLER, BRODERICK – Possession of a Controlled Substance
  39. WILLIS, BRANDON – Grand Larceny, Possession of Paraphernalia
  40. WORLDS, GARRID – Fugitive from Justice (Burglary)

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