A weeklong roundup that targeted sex offenders and violent criminals led to the arrest of 125 fugitives in Kansas, the U.S. Marshal’s Service said Friday.
A weeklong roundup that targeted sex offenders and violent criminals led to the arrest of 125 fugitives in Kansas, the U.S. Marshal’s Service said Friday.The annual sweep is part of a nationwide effort known as Operation Falcon. It is led by the U.S. Marshals Service working with about 50 agents from local, state and federal agencies.This year’s operations cleared a total of 181 warrants and netted 10 firearms in Kansas, U.S. Marshal Walter Bradley said.“These are fugitives. These are people that have made an aggressive effort to go underground to avoid the criminal justice system,” Bradley said. “These people have been charged. They have been indicted. They have made initial appearances. They may have been in custody. They may have been released and violated some kind of conditions of release.”The oldest was a February 1993 warrant for a felony cocaine case out of Johnson County.Operations were conducted from June 15 to June 21 in Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City, Kan.“For all of our collective efforts — for all these people we take off the streets — all of our cities here in Kansas are better off for it,” Bradley said.Among the arrests highlighted at a news conference announcing the sweep was that of Andray Cameron, wanted by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department on charges of rape of a child under 14, aggravated criminal sodomy of a child under 14 and aggravated indecent liberties with a child.Also arrested was Darrell Morrison, wanted by the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office for four counts of aggravated criminal sodomy with a child under 14 and two counts of attempted aggravated criminal sodomy with a child under 14.Law enforcement officials credited the federal sex offender registration law known as Adam Walsh Child Protection Act for giving federal law enforcement officials added authority to go after sex offenders who do not register.