More than 100 arrests were made — nearly 50 of those inside Claremore city limits — this past month, during the statewide “Operation Falcon” initiative.

During “Operation Falcon: The Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force,” Claremore police and Rogers County Sheriff’s officers worked in tandem with the U.S. Marshals Service in Tulsa, to “sweep” the state on outstanding arrest warrants, focusing on the capture of individuals wanted on felony charges, such as sexual predators, and fugitives wanted for violent crimes.

“Overall, we feel the sweep was very successful, both inside Claremore and Rogers County,” said Claremore Police investigator John Singer. “We (Claremore police) assisted U.S. Marshals in their (warrant) sweeps around the state and they, in turn, assisted us with our own sweeps in the county and the city.”

During the 30-day operation, Deputy U.S. Marshals, teamed with federal, state and local law enforcement partners, arrested more than 500 fugitives within the state, including 24 sex offenders, six homicide suspects, 38 documented gang members and 58 fugitives wanted for weapon and robbery charges.

Of these, nearly 100 were apprehended in Rogers County, roughly half of those within Claremore city limits, Singer said.

Statewide, Operation Falcon teams seized 46 firearms, $9,817 in US currency, and over 11 kilograms of marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

“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 gratifying.”

Agencies participating in Operation Falcon included the U.S. Marshals Service, ATF, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspectors, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tulsa Police Department, Broken Arrow Police Department, Sapulpa Police Department, Sand Springs Police Department, Jenks Police Department, Bixby Police Department, Glenpool Police Department, Claremore Police Department, Skiatook Police Department, Keifer Police Department, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Oklahoma OID-DHS, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, Rogers County D.A.’s Office, Creek County Sheriff’s Office, and Mayes County Sheriff’s Office.

Nationally, Operation Falcon arrested 35,190 fugitives and cleared 47,418 warrants.

Of fugitives arrested nationally, 2,356 were sex offenders, 900 documented gang members, and 433 fugitives were wanted for homicide related charges. Falcon teams across the country seized 582 firearms and 2,232 kilograms of narcotics.

Since its inception in 2005, Operation Falcon has made 91,086 arrests and cleared 117,874 warrants nationally, and continues to be the most successful fugitive apprehension effort in U.S. Marshals history.

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