172 fugitives arrested in 'Operation Triple Beam'

WEST TEXAS -- 172 fugitives have been arrested as part of a large-scale mission by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force lead by the United States Marshals.

The 90 day operation, 'Operation Triple Beam' focused on arrests of fugitives wanted for violent crimes including illegal gun possession.

Brent Sheets, the Supervisory Deputy of the Midland U.S. Marshals Service, tells CBS 7 that the operation began back in late March and just wrapped up a few weeks ago.

'Operation Triple Beam' is an initiative to reduce violent gang crime by targeting and arresting violent fugitives and criminal offenders who committed high-profile crimes such as homicide, aggravated assault and sexual assault, illegal possession of firearms, illegal drug distribution, robbery and kidnapping.

Each local, state and federal agency utilized enforcement techniques and statutory authority in order to disrupt the criminal operations of violent gangs in the Midland/Odessa Area.

"(We) take these people off the streets and put them in jail and prosecute them for their crimes to make the community a safer place," said Sheets.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is comprised of local law enforcement agencies including the Midland and Odessa police departments and the Midland and Ector County sheriff's offices. All of the agencies are led by the United States Marshals Service.

The following individuals were arrested in this operation:
-23-year-old Kenda Lynn Griffin
Wanted for: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Tampering with Physical Evidence

-30-year-old Marcus Rowell
Wanted for: Burglary-Forced Entry and Parole Violation with an original charge of Arson

-36-year-old Joel Luna
Wanted for: Homicide

-25-year-old Branden Porter
Wanted for: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

-29-year-old Sy Manuel Rodriguez
Wanted for: Four Counts of Deadly Conduct

-29-year-old Jacquay Garnes
Wanted for: Probation Violation-Resisting Arrest

21-year-old Jermaine Garnes
Wanted for: Probation Violation-Child Neglect following an incident with Midland Police Officers.

The operation also resulted in the seizure of seven firearms, 1.064 kilograms of cocaine, 839 grams of methamphetamine, seven pounds of marijuana, $10,000 in currency and two vehicles.

CBS 7's Matthew Alvarez and Photojournalist Alex Castillo were the only local journalists who rode with the task force as they made arrests during the operation.

We will continue to update this story with more information on the operation throughout the day online and on CBS 7 News at 5, 6, and 10.

Photos Courtesy: U.S. Marshals Service (From Left to Right): Kendra Lynn Griffin 23, Jacquay Garnes, 29, Sy ,Manuel Rodriguez, 29, Jermaine Garnes, 21, Joel Luna,36, Braden Porter 25, Marcus Rowell,30