Operation “Wipe It Down” not only put nearly three dozen dangerous criminals behind bars, but it also earned regional recognition for the Omaha Gang and Firearms crackdown.
United States Attorney Deborah Gilg said the investigation, partnering the Omaha Police Department and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), received a regional High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, (HIDTA) award.
An awards ceremony honored 24 investigators and prosecutors involved in this case.
In January 2013, ATF and the Omaha Police Department began a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program in response to the firearms and gang-related violence in Omaha. Over 50 law enforcement officers and agents participated in the investigation and the execution of arrest warrants and search warrants.
This investigation began with every known gang member or associate in the Omaha area, who was arrested with a firearm, being interviewed by Omaha Police and ATF investigators. There were numerous undercover purchases of firearms and narcotics from active gang members and their associates.
Ballistics analysis began to link these firearms to numerous homicides, felony assaults and drive by shootings in and around the Omaha metro.
In September and October 2013, 27 members of associated and rival criminal street gangs were indicted on various federal charges and an additional three on state charges.
Arresting these 30 gang members represents a considerable impact into the operational ability of these gangs. Seven of the arrested persons are among OPD’s 15 most wanted, related to street gang activity.
These arrests were a result of the collaborative effort of hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers, the United States Attorney’s Office and the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.