Task force arrests 27 felons in 1 day in San Antonio area

Operation Kestrel targets 55 fugitives with outstanding felony warrants

Published On: Jan 29 2013 03:04:30 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 29 2013 03:12:48 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested 27 state felons in a one day operation, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

All of the arrests were made by 12 p.m. Tuesday as part of task force's Operation Kestrel, a fugitive round-up that targeted about 55 fugitives with outstanding felony warrants.

The operation was a collaboration of over 60 law enforcement officers from 25 various agencies that sought after fugitives residing in San Antonio, Castroville, Devine, Hondo, Lytle, Natalia, and Pearsall.

Authorities said Luciano Garcia, 27, a confirmed member of the Bandido motorcycle gang, was arrested at his residence in Hondo on a felony warrant for allegations involving possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. A loaded 9 millimeter handgun was found in the residence during the arrest, officials said. Garcia may also be charged on allegations for a felon being found in possession of a firearm.

Deanna Tapia, 19, was arrested at her residence in Hondo after a 2 hour standoff with task force officers, authorities said. She was arrested on a felony warrant for allegations involving delivery of a controlled substance. Three other subjects were taken into custody during the arrest. 2 handguns and approximately 1 gram of methamphetamines were found at the scene, authorities said. Tapia may also be charged on allegations for a felon being found in possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance, officials said

According to authorities, the following arrests were also made in the operation:

Officials said the figures for “Operation Kestrel” are as follows:

Robert Almonte, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, said the operation was a success thank to the partnership of of local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

"I am truly proud of the men and women who worked tirelessly and with dedicated effort to locate and arrest these violent offenders," said Almonte. "The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force will continue to coordinate fugitive round-ups such as this to help keep our communities safe, put criminals behind bars, and remove illegal drugs and weapons from the streets.”  

Participating Agencies in “Operation Kestrel”: