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Three-day gang enforcement operation leads to 37 arrests in Bell County

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Posted at 5:58 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 15:25:27-04

BELL COUNTY, TX — Multiple law enforcement agencies were a part of a gang enforcement operation resulted in 37 arrests of alleged violent offenders and fugitives.

According to police, the operation was led by the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, DPS, Killeen police and U.S. Attorney's Office.

The operation labeled "Operation First Strike," went on from April 17-19. Agencies concentrated their focus on known gang members in the Bell County area.

Out of the 37 arrests, 13 were gang members or associates.

The following were arrested:

  • Ronald Horne - Parole warrant
  • Charles Turner - Federal warrant
  • Travis Davis - Probation warrant
  • Breauna Ware - Hindering apprehension and driving while license is invalid
  • Billy Shell - Probation warrant
  • Augustin Ramirez - Possession of marijuana
  • Shemorgan Bernard - Parole warrant
  • Josef Gomez - Probation warrant
  • Desmond Ware - Interference with duties of public servant
  • Timbritt Barnes - Felon in possession of firearm and possession of controlled substance
  • Devonta Robinson - Possession of controlled substance
  • Geraldo Byers - Possession of controlled substance
  • Jacqueline Harris - Failure to appear and drug paraphernalia
  • Gerald Duke - Probation warrant
  • Terrell Lowe - Federal warrant
  • Pamela Newton - Parole warrant
  • Miles Brickell - Harboring a fugitive
  • Dana McGowan - Parole warrant
  • Jonathan Wimberly - Possession of controlled substance
  • Michael Lahue - Parole warrant
  • Xavier Adams - Failure to appear
  • Willie Lackerson - Warrant for possession of controlled substance
  • Sierra Lee - Warrant
  • Quythelia Smith - Warrant
  • Dexter Washington - Probation warrant
  • Bryan Jennings - Parole warrant
  • James Robertson - Parole warrant
  • Kaleb Bedburick - Possession of marijuana
  • Joseph Green - Federal warrant
  • Cherella Lyles - KMC warrant theft
  • James Bradley - Possession of marijuana, felon in possession of firearm and federal charges pending
  • Tranisha Carter - Parole warrant
  • Raymond Asbury - Warrant
  • Briana Martin-Dimas - Possession of controlled substance
  • Derrick Jackson - Parole warrant
  • Jamez Bradley - Drug paraphernalia
  • Antonio Tyree - Theft of firearm and federal charges pending

The operation was to bring the Killeen community immediate relief from violent gang-related crime. The collaborative law enforcement effort was accomplished by targeting and arresting violent fugitives who were wanted by authorities for high-profile crimes such as homicide, felony assault and sexual assault, illegal possession of firearms, illegal drug distribution, robbery and arson.

Killeen police would like to thank: U.S. Marshals Service, Texas Department of Public Safety, Waco Police Department, McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration.