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367 People Arrested In N.C. Fugitive Roundup

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RALEIGH, N.C. — More than 350 people were arrested last week in eastern North Carolina as part of a national roundup of fugitives, making it one of the most comprehensive operations of its kind in the state.

Operation FALCON III, conducted Oct. 22 to Oct. 28, focused heavily on gang-related crime, major felony warrants and unregistered sex offenders.

Personnel from 21 different law enforcement agencies in eastern North Carolina helped U.S. Marshals arrest 367 people, including 20 convicted sex offenders, and serve 415 warrants.

"(The) national average for a round up of this type is 13 percent," said Tex Lindsey, U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force commander for Eastern North Carolina. "And we far exceeded our expectations with an arrest average close to 40 percent."

Nationally, 10,773 fugitives were arrested and 13,333 felony warrants were cleared, including 365 documented gang members and 1,659 sexual offenders, of which 971 were unregistered sex offenders.

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