More than 10,000 violent fugitives were arrested in a week-long roundup involving federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The justice department announced its Operation FALCON II during a news conference today. The dragnet involved 27 states and was timed to coincide with national victims rights week. More than 1,100 of those arrested were wanted for violent sex crimes, including five arrests that took place in Smith, Gregg and Cherokee counties.
Officials say the operation was a success. "We prepare three weeks in advance, starting collecting information and investigating cases doing backgrounds, trying to find who these people are and developing warrant leads and collecting warrants from other counties so we can focus on those offenders," said Deputy U.S. Marshal John Walker.
The justice department says this roundup captured the largest number of people ever in a single law enforcement operation.