More than two dozen individuals, identified as wanted fugitives, have been arrested across Hunt County as part of a multi-state sweep by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

The Greenville Police Department joined with other area agencies and the U.S. Marshals Service in executing Operation Falcon (Federal And Local Cops Organized Nationally) II, according to Police Chief Harold Roseberry.

The results of the operation, a 27-state dragnet timed to coincide with National Victims Rights Week, were released Thursday.

Overall, more than 1,100 people wanted in connection with violent sex crimes were among more than 10,000 fugitives arrested across during the roundup.

Roseberry said four officers from the Greenville Police Department were involved, as were officers from the Commerce Police Department, the Texas Rangers, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office and the Hunt County District Attorneys Office, during the week of April 17-23.

“During the course of the week, officers arrested a total of 27 individuals in Hunt County, with 13 of those arrests occurring in Greenville,” Roseberry said.

The names of those taken into custody were not immediately released Thursday, although Roseberry said one arrest involved a suspect wanted in connection with the alleged manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in a Drug Free Zone, while another involved a warrant for a new charge for sexual assault of a child which allegedly occurred in Greenville.

A total of 320 fugitives were arrested in the northern district of Texas, which includes Hunt County, during the roundup, clearing 339 warrants. Of those, 40 individuals were identified by the Marshals Service as sex offenders, five as documented gang members and 34 as probationers or parolees arrested with a sex offense as their original charge.

Roseberry said the operation was an example of teamwork between law enforcement agencies.

“It shows how officers and departments working together can get things done,” Roseberry said. “We’ll work with the Marshals, the ATF, the DEA, anybody.”

The Greenville Police Department and the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office also participated in the first Operation Falcon in April, 2005. A dozen wanted fugitives were captured in the county during last year’s crackdown.

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