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Sting Operation Nabs 2,500 Florida Felons

September 18th, 2008 by flanews

US Marshals helped law enforcement officers across the state nab 2,500 fugitives. The 10 week sting operation funded by a federal grant focused on arresting Floridas most wanted. More than 50 gang members and 250 sex offenders were arrested. 113 murder suspects were also picked up in the sting. Florida Department of Law Enforcement Assistant Commissioner Ken Tucker says Marshals were able to arrest people whod evaded the law from more than a decade.

We picked up people who have been wanted for 15 years or more. Theyve been out there, many of them have moved to other parts of the country and taken on new identities. When you look at those kinds of cases, it takes a great amount of leg work it takes a lot of intelligence gathering and not only the cooperation in the state of Florida but many leads were followed out to other states other marshal offices, Tucker said.

Authorities also seized 76 weapons and busted a meth lab during the sting.

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