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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
July 09, 2009

Western District of Oklahoma
Deputy U.S. Marshal John Thomas (405) 231-4207 X134;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065

 
Operation FALCON 2009 Results in Dozens of Local Arrests
 

Oklahoma City, OK – Following a five year tradition of success in its national efforts, the U.S. Marshals Service locally conducted another successful Operation FALCON (Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally) that ran through the month of June. Led by the U.S. Marshal, Operation FALCON 2009 netted 363 arrests within the Western District of Oklahoma which includes the Oklahoma City and Lawton District offices.

Operation FALCON – Oklahoma City combined the collective efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies in one of the area’s largest-ever fugitive initiatives, focusing on different counties across the district. Over the course of the month-long operation, Deputy U.S. Marshals, teamed with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, arrested 363 and cleared 480 warrants across the Western District of Oklahoma area.

FALCON 2009 consisted of 23 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and a total of 60 law enforcement officers, making up six separate arrest teams working throughout the 30-day period. Each participating local officer was sworn in as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal immediately prior to the start of this operation. This special authority empowered them to cross traditional lines of jurisdiction to track down and arrest targeted fugitives throughout the month. Each agency allocated man power and resources to the goal of removing as many violent offenders from our streets and communities as possible while clearing backlogged warrants from law enforcement’s files.

Agencies contributing to Operation FALCON-Oklahoma City were the, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, Kay County Sheriff’s Office, Payne County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Comanche County Detention Center, Grady County Sheriff’s Office, Lawton Police Department, Oklahoma City Police Department, Yukon Police Department Seminole Police Department, Dell City Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Fish and Wildlife and the United States Attorney’s Office.

Several of the notable fugitives apprehended were the following:

  • Jerry “Wimpy” Halstead, 46, of Oklahoma City: Halstead was wanted on a Canadian County warrant for driving under the influence, which was a violation of his earlier suspended sentence of vehicular manslaughter. In 2002, Halstead rolled his car while drunk driving, killing his wife. Halstead was a former heavy weight boxer. As part of Operation FALCON, investigators were able to identify Halstead’s place of employment, respond to that site, and safely took him into custody.

  • Merle A. Massey, 60, of Oklahoma City: Massey was wanted on a state warrant out of Oklahoma County for 30 counts of sexual abuse of a child. As part of Operation FALCON, investigators were able to identify Massey’s location in a local hospital and upon his release was immediately took him into custody.

  • Marquis D. Dorsey, 30, of Altus: Dorsey was wanted on a state warrant out of Jackson County for murder in the first degree, conspiracy, and robbery with a weapon. As part of Operation FALCON, investigators developed information indicating Dorsey was hiding in an Oklahoma apartment. A phone call was placed and Dorsey answered the phone but would not come to the door when the arrest team arrived at the residence. After waiting several minutes the team breached the door and found Dorsey sitting on the couch. He was taken into custody.

  • Sandra K. Osborn of Oklahoma City : Osborn was wanted on a state warrant for rape in the first degree by instrumentation (victim under 16), accessory to a felony, and forcible oral sodomy. Through diligent work of the FALCON team, they tracked Osborn from several hotels across the Oklahoma City area for approximately five days until she was stopped and arrested around SW 44th and Robinson. She was found with Max Durvin who was arrested for aiding and abetting Osborn in evading arrest.

  • Tyrone Carr of Oklahoma City: Carr was a co-defendant and previous boyfriend of Osborn and was wanted on five counts of rape in the first degree and five counts of oral sodomy involving the same victim as in Osborn case. Due to the severity of the crime, the bond was set at one million dollars.

  • Lisa Monica Gonzalez, AKA Monica Torres, who was on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive list: Gonzalez was wanted for two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in Oklahoma. Gonzales was wanted by the U.S. Marshal Service, Oklahoma City Police Department and Metro Fugitive Squad in Western District of Oklahoma for a crime that occurred in 2003. In June 2003, Gonzalez allegedly conspired and made an agreement with Raphael Gamboa and Orlando Gonzales to kill Eliceo Chavira, and in furtherance of the conspiracy telephoned California to arrange the murder. After the shooting had been completed by Gamboa and Orlando Gonzales, she helped transport them from the crime scene. Gonzalez was also wanted for a 14-defendant indictment warrant on a case involving conspiracy with intention to distribute methamphetamines. As part of Operation FALCON Gonzales was tracked down and arrested in Los Angles, California. Gonzales will be transported back to the Western District of Oklahoma where she will face murder and drug charges.

Since its inception in 2005, Operation FALCON has made over 91,086 arrests and the clearing of over 117,874 warrants. It continues to be the largest and most successful fugitive apprehension effort in the history of United States Marshals Service.

For more information on Operation FALCON 2009, please visit www.usmarshals.gov/falcon09/index.html.


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