Law enforcement round up 175 in southwest Missouri

Friday, July 10, 2009 | 9:14 a.m. CDT; updated 12:53 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 10, 2009

SPRINGFIELD — Law enforcement agencies rounded up about 175 fugitives in southwest Missouri as part of a nationwide operation.

The agencies on Thursday announced the results of Operation FALCON, an annual, joint effort between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to track down fugitives wanted for violent crimes.

The agencies in June arrested 175 fugitives — including eight sex offenders — and cleared 407 warrants in the southwest Missouri area.

About 85 officers from various law enforcement agencies collaborated in the effort.

Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott said the county is grateful for any help it can get in trying to track down the county's estimated 18,000 outstanding warrants.


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