OFFICIALS: More Than 1,000 Fugitives Arrested In Eastern NC

The streets of Eastern Carolina are safer, officials say, with the arrest of more than 1,000 fugitives in the month of June alone.

The U.S. Marshals Service says Operation FALCON is the largest and most successful fugitive apprehension effort in U.S. Marshals history.

There were 1,196 people arrested in Eastern North Carolina last month, including 22 sex offenders. Officials say three of them were not registered.

“The goal of Operation FALCON is simple – to make communities safer,” said John F. Clark, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service. “Each time we wrap up a FALCON operation in any location, there are less dangerous individuals – and fewer threats to the community – than before we arrived there. That is very gratifying.”

The following agencies contributed to the effort: U.S. Marshals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Department of State – Diplomatic Security Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Wake County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville Police Department, Greenville Police Department, Lumberton Police Department, Raleigh Police Department, Sharpsburg Police Department, Wilmington Police Department, Wilson Police Department, N.C. Division of Community Corrections, and the Cumberland County Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

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  • by HILDA Location: BEAUFORT on Jul 13, 2009 at 03:38 AM
    Good Job, just wish they'd spent the effort rounding up and removing some of the large number of "Illegals" in our state. Now to see if the DA's will prosecute is a different story..We'll see what happens.
  • by Ryan Location: Greenvile on Jul 10, 2009 at 07:37 PM
    And of course you guys blame the law enforcement agencies for the criminals getting off so easy. However, they have no say of what happens to the criminals after the arrest. If you have a problem with the criminals getting off so easy than quit voting for all of these liberal "hug a thug" judges and put more pressure on the prosecutors.
  • by Larry Location: Jacksonville on Jul 10, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    Yea, its odd but someone was probably growing pot on state land. Its job security though, Bust them, they get out, pay a fine, bust them, they get out, pay a fine etc...
  • by Jes Location: Jacksonville on Jul 10, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    I don't quite understand why the US Dept. of Agriculture was involved in the arrests. Does anyone understand that? Do other people atleast find it odd?
  • by Anonymous Location: Lenoir Co on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    I live in a quiet sub-division. I have a drug dealing neighbor with 3 pending felonies. He's still care free and probably won't get any time. Thanks Bev!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:06 AM
    Arrest them bail-um out and they can't find a job because of their record so they do a few more crimes.(All around the merry-go-round the monkey chased the weasel)
  • by AB Location: GV on Jul 10, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    Well...that is great news...however, with Bev and her plans to close prisons...most will be back on the streets...of course, they probably already are...
  • by DD Location: Coastal Area on Jul 10, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    Great work!! Some will not be back on the streets. Maybe citizens should focus on the good side.
  • by Sam Location: Eastern North Carolina-Great Area on Jul 10, 2009 at 07:05 AM
    I just want to express my thanks to all these governmental agencies. To Ace, I will agree with you about the majority of them will get parole and be back out, which will be bad, but I have to disagree with you about the fact that they now want to look good. It probably does not make a differeence in how much extra funds they get. It's like having the governmental agencies vs. lawyers when you think about it.
  • by WakeUpPeople Location: Washington on Jul 10, 2009 at 07:04 AM
    Ya, we should let them free and not worry about what they are doing on the streets, especially the sex offenders! Ya, that's the right answer! Stop wasting money and let the fugitives run loose!
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