200 fugitives arrested in Upper Cumberland

By | June 30, 2008 12:00 am

Law enforcement officers prepare for a fugitive roundup as part of Operation FALCON, which included White County.

A seven-day operation led by U.S. Marshals saw more than 800 fugitives arrested in Middle Tennessee, with 200 captured in the Upper Cumberland.
According to Sgt. Jody O’Dell, of White County Sheriff Department who also serves as a U.S. Marshal, Operation FALCON (Federal And Local Cops Organized Nationally) 2008 was conducted in this region June 15-21 and spread across 32 counties, with five teams searching for the fugitives, including White County. The combined efforts of surrounding law enforcement agencies targeted violent felons and sex offenders.
O’Dell said he sent 60 warrants from White County “to be worked” during the operation. Some of the warrants from White County included violations of probation and sex offenders.
Many of the warrants were “older,” according to O’Dell, and officers were aided by the technological assistance of state law enforcement.
“The TBI parked their van in Cookeville where they could look stuff up for us and give us more information about where to look,” said O’Dell. “Some were found, and some were either deceased or in prison or in jail somewhere else.”
As in the three previous FALCON operations, U.S. Marshals, partnered with federal, state and local law enforcement. At the end of the weeklong operation, 802 fugitives had been apprehended, and 1,382 warrants were cleared. Officers also seized 53 firearms. Drugs were also confiscated, with an estimated street value of more than $250,000.
O’Dell said some fugitives may have been under the impression they were shielded from arrest if they had moved into another county. However, 153 wanted persons were arrested in a county other than the one where the warrant originated.
“We had one run up in the edge of Cookeville – the guy was wanted out of White County,” said O’Dell. “They’ve been trying to find him, and he’s been running – no certain address. They’re still tracking on him.”
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the number of arrests and warrants cleared in Middle Tennessee surpasses all other FALCON operations nationally this year.
“It was a good thing, and it was good that all the counties participated and gave us help. 200 arrests – that’s awesome.”

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