82 violent criminals and fugitive sex offenders are off Lubbock streets thanks to a nationwide effort called "Operation FALCON 2," which stands for Federal And Local Cops Organizing Nationally.
Our federal, state, and local law enforcement teamed up and focused on finding violent criminals and fugitive sex offenders hiding in Lubbock neighborhoods. Nationwide, "Operation FALCON 2" made over 9,000 fugitive arrests, 82 of those were made right here in Lubbock. Authorities say they wish this operation could go on longer than a week. U.S. Marshal Ronnie O'Neal says, "That's the trouble we have here locally here, is having the man power and the time to really do this, cause sometimes you can spend weeks tracking one person."
This raid was one of the reasons, Lubbock county jails were so full last week. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel and Video Journalist John Berry rode with authorities as they executed warrants for "Operation FALCON."
This is the second year for the operation, but the first time NewsChannel 11 camera's were invited along. The raid was a week ago, we've agreed to hold the information until now so law enforcement could have a successful campaign. Now for the first time, we take you through the day in the life of officers as they risk their lives, to get Lubbock's most dangerous individuals out of neighborhoods. Video journalists John Berry and Samuel Ortega show us what happened. Just click on the video on the right to see this story.