Operation AWOL Lands 24 Behind Bars

Two dozen people wanted for probation violations are now back behind bars, thanks to Operation AWOL.

The U.S. Marshals Service says the two day sweep in Onslow County has netted 24 arrests. Those targeted were on probation for a variety of offenses, including drug possession and distribution, assault by pointing a gun and breaking & entering.

The feds say one person, who owed $24,000 in child support payments, had been on the run for four years.

The Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force was assisted by the North Carolina Division of Community Corrections, Onslow County Sheriff's Office and Jacksonville police in making the apprehensions.


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  • by sue Location: greenville on Oct 22, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    What good does it do, they'll be out in a week. I agree we need the chain gangs back. They are letting rapist & murders out so why do you think these scum buckets will go to jail for more then a week or so?
  • by Wilma on Oct 22, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    Anonymous at 7:55 am, an excellent point. We are letting go murderers, molesters, thiefs, because of a pen and ink issue in the law. These people that are being released could very well do the same things to others. What happens if there is a repeat offender in this bunch of thugs that are being let out of the prison? This state is going to go nuts. This world continues to reward the prison system and fails to protect the innocent, hard working citizens of this country. It's absolutely pathetic and embarrassing, and it comes as no surprise whatsoever when other countries mock us for our selfishness, waste of resources, and stupidity.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:55 AM
    I must have missed something----WHY do we waste time and money to catch these people when we have people on death row and we are turning them lose---what's going on here.How is this fair. Let's go back to the cowboy days-catch them and hang them high before the sun goes down, then we would not not all the jails we keep building. It is a waste of tax payers money
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Oct 21, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    Glad they caught the "child support" thief, now make him pay up or 24 years in the slammer. We need chain gangs again.
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