RICHMOND, Virginia – A weeklong, large-scale gang enforcement operation, labeled “Operation Washout” wrapped up on May 24, resulting in 90 arrests of alleged violent offenders and fugitives. The U.S. Marshals Service led multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies working around the clock May 20-24, concentrating their efforts primarily on known gang members wanted in the Richmond and Tri-Cities areas. Of the 90 arrests, 22 were documented gang members. Many other arrests were of suspected gang members or associates. Additional state and federal prosecutions are pending on those arrested where drug, gun or other crime evidence was seized during or subsequent to the person’s arrest. The U.S. Marshals Service’s national fugitive initiative known as Operation Washout is deployed to local communities to bring immediate relief from violent, gang-related crime. The collaborative law enforcement effort is focused on targeting and arresting violent fugitives wanted for high-profile crimes such as homicide, felony assault and sexual assault, illegal possession of firearms, illegal drug distribution, robbery and arson.
Photo by Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals