The U-S Attorney’s Office, the Douglas County Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Omaha Police Department announced today that 18 defendants have been charged with federal and state crimes including firearms trafficking, illegal firearm possession and drug trafficking offenses.
Over 50 law enforcement officers and agents conducted search and arrest warrants Thursday. This was the first wave in a joint initiative targeting gang violence in Omaha. The 18 defendants have a total of more than 400 previous contacts with law enforcement, 72 arrests, 15 felony convictions and 49 misdemeanors. Investigators seized or purchased 28 firearms, more than one pound of marijuana and approximately 72 grams of crack cocaine.
As of Thursday evening 9 defendants were in custody. Those not currently behind bars are considered fugitives and are being sought by law enforcement. Many of the defendants face mandatory minimum prison terms ranging from 3 to 10 years. They will be prosecuted by the U-S Attorney’s Office. Those charged by the state will be prosecuted by the Douglas County Attorney.