– 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. Led by
the U.S. Marshals, Operation FALCON 2009 netted 541
arrests within the Middle District of North Carolina
from June 1 - 30.
Operation FALCON –
Greensboro combined the collective efforts of
multiple law enforcement agencies in one of the
area’s largest-ever fugitive initiatives, focusing
on capturing individuals wanted on felony charges
including sexual predators and fugitives wanted for
crimes of violence. Over the course of the
thirty-day operation, Deputy U.S. Marshals, teamed
with state and local law enforcement partners,
arrested 541 fugitives, including 14 sex offenders,
17 gang members and cleared 1,045 warrants in the
Middle District of North Carolina.
was a fugitive wanted by High Point Police
Department as well as Guilford and Davidson County
Sheriff’s Offices. Ezekiel had outstanding warrants
for charges ranging from distribution of cocaine to
armed robbery. Ezekiel was arrested on June 16 by U.
S. Marshals along with High Point Police Department
officers working with the task force. High Point
Police charged three additional suspects arrested at
the scene on drug charges. Suspected ecstasy,
cocaine and marijuana as well as a sum of U. S.
currency were also seized during the arrest. Ezekiel
has an extensive criminal history for violent crimes
and is a suspected gang member.
“The goal of
Operation FALCON is simple – to make communities
safer,” said John F. Clark, Director of the U.S.
Marshals Service. “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
Operation FALCON –
Greensboro consisted of approximately 128 federal,
state and local law enforcement officers 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 empowers them to
cross traditional lines of jurisdiction to track
down and arrest targeted fugitives throughout the
to Operation FALCON – Greensboro included N.C. State
Highway Patrol, N.C. Probation and Parole, N.C.
Alcohol Law Enforcement, Durham County Sheriff’s
Office, Durham Police Department, Chapel Hill Police
Department, Hillsborough Police Department, Carrboro
Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office,
Winston-Salem Police Department, Forsyth County
Sheriff’s Office, High Point Police Department,
Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Lexington Police
Department, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and
Greensboro Police Department.
Since its inception
in 2005, Operation FALCON has made 91,086 arrests
and cleared 117,874 warrants. It continues to be the
largest and most successful fugitive apprehension
effort in U.S. Marshals history. It continues to be
the largest and most successful fugitive
apprehension effort in U.S. Marshals history.
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