RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Ninety people in the Richmond area were arrested in a gang-related investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service dubbed “Operation Washout.”
The arrests were made over a one-week period ending May 24 and included the apprehension of 22 documented gang members, six arrests related to murder cases and the seizure of drugs, guns and other evidence.
Some of the notable arrests during Operation Washout include Jyahshua Hill, who is suspected of burning a pit bull Richmond Animal Care and Control named Tommie; Jamonte Brothers, who were wanted in a double murder in Hopewell; Donnel Young and Nicole Andrews, suspects in the murder of Charles Smith IV; and brothers Timon and Timothy Ward, who were wanted in a Richmond murder.
Among the drugs seized were marijuana, oxycontin, cocaine and 54 grams of heroin. Six firearms were recovered, including an AK-47 type pistol and a sawed-off shotgun.
Law enforcement said the suspected gang affiliations of those arrested include, Crips, Bloods, Hells Angels, Aryan Brotherhood, Pagans, Ward Boyz, Gangster Disciples, Juggalos, 5th Ward Gang, Willow Boyz, Stain Gang/Campaign Gang and Chippenham Money Makers.
Crimes associated with the suspects include homicide, sexual assault, arson, drug distribution and illegal firearms possession, among others.
Since 2010, counter-activities by law enforcement have resulted in 9,000 arrests and the confiscation of more than 2,000 illegal firearms.
The sting was led by U.S. Marshals, but was in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Virginia State Police and law enforcement officers from Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights.
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