Police Bust Violent Gang Members

Jake Wasikowski

Police Bust Violent Gang Members

CREATED May. 30, 2013

Omaha, NE -- Omaha police arrested four men, and are looking for five more.  They’re all believed to be a part of Omaha's most notorious crime ring as part of Operation Purple Haze.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says the Safe Streets Task Force has gotten serious violent offenders behind bars.  Authorities say a total of four men were arrested so far for gang related charges of drug and gun trafficking, and another 5 men are wanted by police.  Most of the criminals are part of the 40th Avenue Gang.
Those arrested were identified as 37-year-old Marcus Jefferson, 30-year-old Vernon Elmore, 35-year-old Adonis Williams, and 36-year-old Lawrence McGarity.  The men still wanted by police are identified as Michael A. Liggins, Jabari D. Liggins, Jerell Haynie, Carlos D. Taylor, and Eric L. English.
This is the first phase of a 9 month investigation that included help from NSP, Bellevue PD, Papillion PD, La Vista PD, Sarpy County Sheriff’s, and Douglas County Sheriff’s as well as the FBI.
"The Omaha Police Department's not going to sit idly by while gang violence hurts our community.  It will make the community safer, it should be viewed as a positive for the community,” Chief Schmaderer explained.
They estimate there are 2,800 gang members in more than 80 sects in Omaha.  Authorities will use the arrests to see if these suspects are connected to any other violent crimes, or possibly homicides.
If you have any information on where any of these men are contact Crimestoppers at 402-444-7867.