The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service led an operation along with Lee County Sheriff's Office and the police departments of Fort Myers and Cape Coral in an effort to reduce gang-related violence. They called it Operation Triple Beam, and after three months, it led to the arrest of 120 individuals. Along with drug charges, other charges were filed for a range of high-profile crimes.
The target of the operation was criminal offenders and violent fugitives that were sought for violent crimes such as felony assault, homicide and sexual assault. Furthermore, arrests were made for arson, robbery, illegal distribution of drugs and illicit possession of firearms. Law enforcement says they seized drugs worth over $100,000, 45 firearms and cash exceeding $18,000.
Although the operation has concluded with the arrest of 120 individuals, the legal proceedings will take some time to complete. Every single one of those who were arrested will remain innocent in the eyes of the law. Only if, and when, guilt can be proved without a reasonable doubt can a conviction follow.
Every one of those who were arrested for drug charges and other crimes could face severe consequences. For this reason, it will be sensible to obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The investigative methods used in this operation might give rise to a number of legal issues surrounding the charges. A Fort Myers lawyer can all the different aspects and suggest the best way to proceed, with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome for the client.