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Operation nets 1,700 arrests in N.C.

Posted July 9, 2009

— More than 1,700 arrests were made in central and eastern North Carolina in June as part of a nationwide effort targeting fugitives and sex offenders, the U.S. Marshals Service announced Thursday.

Operation FALCON (Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally) led to 541 arrests in the federal court system’s Middle District of North Carolina, which includes Orange and Durham counties. The arrests included 14 sex offenders and 17 gang members, and 1,045 warrants were served during the operation.

“The goal of Operation FALCON is simple – to make communities safer,” John F. Clark, director of the U.S. Marshals Service, said in a release. “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.”

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Operation brings thousands of arrests

The Durham County Sheriff's Office served 812 warrants for arrest, orders for arrest and criminal summons during the month of June, police spokesman Officer Jason Evans said.

“It minimizes the violence and it brings forth a better quality of life,” Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said of the operation.

The operation led to the arrests murder suspects 21-year-old Marcus D. Cox and 18-year-old Javon Alexander Randolph.

Information from the operation also led to the arrest of Charles E. Johnson, 30, who is charged with seven counts of second-degree kidnapping, four counts each of robbery with a dangerous weapon and breaking-and-entering, and one count each of first-degree sexual offense, larceny and possession of a stolen firearm.

In the past, Durham County was looking at a backlog of more than 60,000 unserved arrest warrants. They even established a central office in an effort to bring that number down.

Officials said having extra officers during the task force helped them serve an extra 500 warrants.

In the city of Durham, 240 arrests were made and about 500 warrants were served, Durham Police Department spokesman Officer Jason Evans said.

Among the arrests in the Middle District was Christopher Ezekiel, who was wanted by the High Point Police Department and the sheriff’s offices in Guilford and Davidson counties for outstanding warrants for charges ranging from distribution of cocaine to armed robbery.

Ezekiel, a suspected gang member, was arrested on June 16. At the scene, High Point police arrested three other people who are charged with drug-related offenses.

Federal, state and local law enforcement in the federal system’s Eastern District of North Carolina, which includes Wake and Cumberland counties, made 1,196 arrests over the course of the 30-day operation. Among the arrests were 22 sex offenders, including three unregistered sex offenders.

U.S. Marshals and local partners arrested Danny Murchison, 41, in Fayetteville on June 18.  Murchison is accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl. He faces 45 charges, including 15 counts each of first-degree rape of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child.

The operation also cleared 1,805 warrants in the Eastern District.

Nationally, 35,190 fugitives were captured as part of Operation FALCON.

Since Operation FALCON was created in 2005, it has helped net 91,086 arrests and cleared 117,874 warrants. Officials said it is the largest and most successful fugitive apprehension effort in U.S. Marshals history.


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  • Professor Jul 10, 2009

    Good. They will be off the streets for a while.

  • panthers254 Jul 10, 2009

    for those of you curious about inmate sentences, do some research on the structured sentencing laws in n.c.

    structured sentencing took effect October 1, 1994, and this is the way inmates have been sentenced since.

  • dryjr Jul 10, 2009

    how many warrants did they say were in the wake district? And they all live in apts too!

  • ambidextrous cat Jul 10, 2009

    But some of these monsters will get out again on parole!

  • lkanzig Jul 10, 2009

    most of them will be paroled.
    leo did a great job getting these people.
    sad thing is their hard work is going to be messed over because of budget cuts and jail overcrowding.

  • Common Sense Man Jul 9, 2009

    "What about the Orange County agencies? Did they blow this off?"


  • working for deadbeats Jul 9, 2009

    Now it's up to our bleeding heart courts to not let us down. Good work LEO's!!

  • whatusay Jul 9, 2009

    If only our law enforcement agencies would put this much emphasis on illegal immigration.

  • Lyle Jul 9, 2009

    Thank you LEOs from A-Z. Always gonna be a detractor in the crowd but I, for one, am glad you made this happen. Now, judges & juries, make it hurt!

  • Raleigh Boys Jul 9, 2009

    What about the Orange County agencies? Did they blow this off?