MORE THAN 1,100 SEX OFFENDERS CAPTURED
More than 1,100 people wanted for violent sex crimes have been arrested in a weeklong roundup of fugitives. The arrests were made as part of Operation Falcon II, (Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally) a nationwide dragnet timed to coincide with National Victims Rights Week. The massive fugitive dragnet took place the week of April 17-23 in the western half of the United States. Deputy US marshals teamed up with their state, local, and federal colleagues in the largest fugitive sweep to ever primarily focus on violent sex offenders. Last year's sweep netted more than 10,000 fugitives. Marshals arrested 35,500 federal fugitives for all of the government budget year that ended September 30. They worked with state and local authorities to nab another 44,000 people.
FALCON II resulted in the arrest of 9,037 fugitives and the clearance of 10,419 warrants. Of those fugitives arrested, 462 were wanted for violent sex crimes, 311 for other sex crimes, and an additional 783 failed to register as Sex Offenders.
A total of 793 different agencies participated - 25 federal, 120 state, 330 county sheriffs, 312 police departments, and 6 foreign agencies. Within the Marshals Service, 46 districts participated, including the Districts of Guam and Northern Marianas. In all, each day more than 2,100 law enforcement officers worked together tirelessly during this record setting operation.