Combined efforts result in arrests of fugitives locally, across nation

July 13, 2009 at 12:21 am Leave a comment

*published July 13, 2009

A month-long joint fugitive apprehension effort led to the arrest of 58 fugitives and cleared 66 outstanding warrants in Calcasieu Parish.

During June, Operation FALCON — Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally — targeted violent offenders, gang members and sex offenders with registration violations, said Beau Bartel of the U.S. Marshals Lake Charles office.

This is the sixth nationwide operation since the program began in 2005. Since 2002, the Lake Charles division has arrested 887 fugitives.

In Calcasieu Parish, about 50 officers — from the Lake Charles Police Department, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Marshals Service, FBI and Probation and Parole — participated in the operation.

The law enforcers in the western district of Louisiana, which consists of Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, Lake Charles and Lafayette, arrested 165 fugitives and cleared 205 warrants.

Nationally, 35,190 fugitives were arrested and 47,418 warrants were cleared.

The goal of the operation is to remove as many violent offenders from the streets as possible and help reduce the number of backlogged open warrants, according to the Department of Justice Web site.

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