Federal Agents Make 126 Arrests, Seize Guns, Drugs During Operation Triple Beam

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Federal officials said they made 126 arrests and seized seven guns and a large amount of illegal drugs during Operation Triple Beam in Hamilton County.

David G. Jolley, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and J. Douglas Overbey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, said OTB was a systematic and sustained collaborative enforcement operation specifically focused on reducing violent gang crime. The three-month-long enforcement effort targeted known street gangs and associates.

Led by the United States Marshals Service (USMS), Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force, OTB included multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies including the Chattanooga Police Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

During OTB, the USMS, along with their task force partners seized multiple guns, a variety of narcotics including amphetamine, and closed 130 warrants. These 126 arrests represent violent offenders and criminal gang members in our community wanted for charges including murder, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, and assorted drug charges, it was stated.

Officials said, "In 2010, the USMS identified gangs as a priority within its violent crime reduction strategy and made a commitment to reinvigorate its gang enforcement efforts. As a result, OTB was created with an emphasis on three main areas: fugitive investigations; targeted firearm and drug investigations (the tools of the trade for gang members); and proactive street investigations and patrols. Communities are made safer by this unique cooperative relationship with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to locate and apprehend the criminals most responsible for crime and violence in those communities. Since 2010, the USMS has led more than 50 counter-gang operations across the country, which have yielded over 8,000 arrests and the seizure of more than 1,800 illegal firearms."

U.S. Attorney Overbey said, “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee fully supports Operation Triple Beam and the efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service, in cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, to remove these violent criminals from the streets and help make the neighborhoods a safer place to live for the citizens of this district.”

OTB Chattanooga Highlights

•    Seven guns seized

    126 arrests / 130 warrants cleared

    1.526kg of heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and marijuana were seized from multiple locations.

OTB Chattanooga Notable Arrests

Subject: Antonio Clements

Charges: *Gang Member – Gangster Disciple* Possession of Marijuana for Resale, Theft of Property, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony.

On October 31, 2018, the OTB Task Force developed information that Clements was staying at a local address. Clements was observed at the residence, and was taken into custody. A search warrant was issued for the residence since information was developed that guns and drugs were possibly inside. A Taurus .357 was located inside the residence along with an unspecified amount of pills. Clements was transported to the Hamilton County Jail for booking.

Subject: Maurice Davis

Charges: Four counts of rape of a child.

Maurice Davis was indicted on four counts of rape of a child. The alleged incidents involved a child between the ages of four and twelve. Davis has an extensive criminal record, including a charge of attempted first-degree murder in 2008. He received a suspended eight-year prison sentence in that case.

On November 18, 2018, the OTB Task Force converged at a 28th Street address in an attempt to locate Maurice Davis on the above indictments. He was observed entering the residence. He was taken into custody and was transported to the Hamilton County Jail for booking.

Subject: Keontae Bush

Charges: Attempted First Degree Murder, Domestic Assault, Reckless Endangerment, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony.

Keontae Bush was facing charges after his ex-girlfriend said he fired a gun at her and then ran her off the road on Interstate 75.

On December 11, 2018, the OTB Task Force along with Chattanooga Police Department Fugitive Investigators, developed information that Bush was at the residence of his child’s mother. He was located inside the residence, and taken into custody. He was transported to the Hamilton County Jail for booking.

Subjects: Two Juveniles

Charges: Escape – Bradley County, Tennessee – Carjacking – Chattanooga

On November 2, 2018, two minors escaped the Bradley County Juvenile Detention Center by climbing a fence. On November 5, 2018, the OTB Task Force received information from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office that both escapees were possibly in Chattanooga at a hotel near Hamilton Place Mall. The OTB Task Force worked through the night attempting to locate the juveniles. At approximately 6:00 a.m. on November 6, 2018, an armed carjacking occurred at a local motel. A 13-year-old victim was getting belongings out of a vehicle when he was approached by two young men. The 13-year-old was forced to give the two gunmen the keys to the car. Information developed that the car was located off Exit 328 in Dalton, Georgia. The OTB Task Force along with the Chattanooga Police Department Fugitive Unit went to the area and located the vehicle at a gas station. The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office was contacted, and responded. Both suspects were taken into custody on the parking lot of the gas station without incident. They were transported to the Whitfield County Juvenile Detention Center. The identity of the two subjects has been withheld due to their age.

Subject: Dominique Collins

Charges: Attempted First Degree Murder, Violation of Supervised Release – Crack Cocaine

A local man got into an argument with a Circle K employee who stated she was going to call someone. Police said she called her son (Collins) as the man called police. The man said he was outside waiting for police to arrive when a white SUV pulled up. He said Collins asked him a question, then pulled out a pistol and shot him in the chest. The man picked Collins from a photo lineup and Collins was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Top 10 Most Wanted list.

On November 28, 2018, the OTB Task Force developed information that Collins was in the Lynchburg, Virginia area. On November 30, 2018, the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Lynchburg Police Department went to Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, Virginia. Task force members knocked and announced upon arrival. Collins exited the rear of the residence and jumped from the second story balcony. Collins was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. He was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

Subjects: Dwight Turner Jr.

Charges: Two Counts of Vehicular Homicide, Aggravated Assault

Dwight Turner Jr. is a suspect involved in a traffic crash in which two people were killed on January 3, 2019. Through investigation, the Chattanooga Police Department’s Traffic Unit determined Turner was the driver of the Dodge Ram that struck a Chrysler TWC at 1400 South Holtzclaw Avenue. In addition to two people being killed, another person was critically injured as a result of the crash.

On January 14, 2019, the OTB Task Force developed information that Turner was staying at an address in Austell, GA. On January 15, 2019, the South East Regional Task Force arrested Turner in Austell, GA.

OTB Participating Agencies

Chattanooga Police Department
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
ATF


Members Of Large-Scale Heroin Ring In Chattanooga, Cleveland Get Federal Prison Sentences

Alexander Encourages U.S. Trade Representative To Work Towards Zero Tariffs, Zero Barriers

MTAS Report On Collegedale Police Close To Being Finished; Commissioners To Hear It In Closed Session


Three members of a large-scale heroin distribution ring in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tn., have been sentenced to time in federal prison. Cameron Hunter-Loftin appeared before Judge Sandy ... (click for more)

Senator Lamar Alexander urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to update and improve the process for granting exclusions from tariffs on certain imported goods from China. “As ... (click for more)

The report concerning Collegedale’s police department that MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service) was asked to do, is close to being finished. Honna Rogers, the city’s liaison with MTAS, ... (click for more)


Breaking News

ATM Leader Says Market Center, The Maclellan Should Give Up PILOT Tax Break Agreements

The head of the citizen watchdog group, Accountability for Taxpayer Money (ATM), says both the Market Center and the The Maclellan apartment building should give up their PILOT tax break agreements. Helens Burns Sharp noted that both have changed their business models and now include short-term rentals. Ms. Sharp sent an email to members of the board of the city's Health Educational ... (click for more)

Members Of Large-Scale Heroin Ring In Chattanooga, Cleveland Get Federal Prison Sentences

Three members of a large-scale heroin distribution ring in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tn., have been sentenced to time in federal prison. Cameron Hunter-Loftin appeared before Judge Sandy Mattice on Monday morning and was given a seven-year sentence. In connection with the same case, Monte Brewer received six years. The sentence is consecutive to cases Brewer faces in state ... (click for more)

Opinion

The Wheel Tax Wouldn't Be A Sacrifice And Supports Our Teachers - And Response (7)

I appreciate our underpaid teachers here in Tennessee so much. We as a whole have a moral obligation to make sure we contribute to their pay. A wheel tax on our cars is a minimal expense to most of us. Sixty dollars is not enough for us to complain. We shouldn't even bat an eye at that if it contributes to the hard working teachers who sacrifice daily for our children. We ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Have At It, Sisters!

Yes, it didn’t take long … not long at all … for a majority (remember this word) of the Hamilton County Commission to request a meeting with those teachers who still dare to bear the faces after sending a live warhead of stupid over the bow to their funding body. On Sunday there appeared a letter that chastised, by name, five county commissioners who neither deserved it nor toil ... (click for more)

Sports

Bryan Falls In Hoops Opener at University of Cumberlands

– Bryan men’s basketball paid a visit to Mid-South Conference opponent University of the Cumberlands on Monday night for their season-opener and came up just shy in a 77-70 decision that went the Patriots’ way. The early test for the Lions was no small challenge, considering the Patriots are coming off a 2018-19 campaign that included four upsets over NAIA top-25 programs and an ... (click for more)

Vols Focused On South Carolina After Holding Alabama To Its Lowest Point Total

After a hard-fought battle in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where the Vols held the top-ranked Crimson Tide to its lowest point total of the season in a 35-13 loss, Tennessee is looking forward to returning to Neyland Stadium to host a late afternoon matchup with South Carolina on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ET). "Neyland Stadium has been really an electric atmosphere this whole season," head ... (click for more)