Operation FALCON Captures More Than 600 Fugitives in Middle Tennessee

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department joined local, state and federal law enforcement for a month-long fugitive apprehension effort known as FALCON (Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally.)

The falcon soared into Middle Tennessee on June 1 and by the time the operation was over 624 fugitives had been apprehended and 801 warrants cleared. Over 350 officers from 64 different agencies participated in the operation in Middle Tennessee.

Arrests in Middle Tennessee targeted fugitives wanted for crimes of violence, sex offenders, and narcotics violations. Participating agencies were encouraged to identify wanted persons within their communities, who were then targeted by assigned arrest teams within each geographical area.

On June 18, a Falcon team from Columbia converged on an address in Mount Pleasant to attempt to arrest Richard Scott, who is wanted by the Maury County Sheriff's Department. Inside the house they found: a digital scale, five bags of marijuana, a tackle box containing cock-fighting spurs, three high-powered rifles, two shotguns, a .44 caliber black-powder pistol, and a large video camera. These were seized as the proceeds of illegal drug sales. The team also found 11 marijuana plants growing on the property. Arrested at the scene were Roxanne Hinson, 39, and her son, Andrew Norman, 19.

Operation Falcon 2009, the sixth in the series of U. S. Marshals Service-led fugitive apprehension initiatives, partnered Deputy U. S. Marshals with local police, sheriffs, state agencies, and other federal agencies, each dedicating manpower and resources to the goal of removing as many violent offenders from our communities as possible, while clearing backlogged warrants from law enforcement's files. Nationally, a record 35,190 arrests were made and 47,418 warrants were cleared during the June operation.

The successful partnership has been bad news for criminals for the past five years. 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.

"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."

"It is a privilege to watch 64 agencies work together seamlessly as a team to bring fugitive felons to justice," said Middle Tennessee U. S. Marshall Denny King. "Falcon has changed the entire landscape when it comes to mustering forces to capture large numbers of criminal offenders. Apprehending almost 3,000 fugitives in these operations here in the past five years is a major accomplishment."

"Marshal King and his team of officers and agents have once again compiled an impressive array of arrests and apprehensions during Operation Falcon," said U. S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough. "This important initiative demonstrates the outstanding results that can be achieved when our local, state and federal partners work together. I am very proud of their accomplishments."

Agencies contributing to Operation Falcon in 2009 included: the 19th, 21st, and 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Forces; the 21st Judicial District DAG; B.A.T.F.; F.B.I.; Federal Air Marshals; R.O.C.I.C.; SSA OIG; USDA OIG; V.A. OIG; Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Tennessee Highway Patrol; Tennessee Valley Authority Police, U.S. Marshals Service; the Police Departments of Ashland City, Brentwood, Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Coopertown, Crossville, Franklin, Gainesboro, Gallatin, Lafayette, La Vergne, Lebanon, Livingston, Metro Nashville, Mount Juliet, Mount Pleasant, Murfreesboro, New Johnsonville, Pleasant View, Portland, Pulaski, Smyrna, Sparta, Spring Hill, White Bluff, and White House; and the Sheriff's Departments of the following counties: Cannon, Cheatham, Cumberland, Davidson, Fentress, Giles, Jackson, Lawrence, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Overton, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, Williamson, and Wilson.