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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Forsyth County, NC Fugitive Round Up/Sex Offender Compliance Operation Nets 13 Arrests

Winston-Salem, NC - A multi-agency sex offender compliance check operation was conducted on July 8th and 9th in Forsyth County. Approximately 65 investigators from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Winston-Salem Police Department, the Kernersville Police Department, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the U.S. Marshals Service Joint Fugitive Task Force, covered Forsyth County with the mission of checking for non-compliant sex offenders.

In an effort to ensure a high level of compliance with sex offender registrants within Forsyth County, nearly 250 homes of sex offenders were visited. As a result of this compliance operation, one offender was arrested and charged for Felonious Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon and thirteen offenders were found to be out of compliance for failure to notify/change address. Local warrants for arrests will be issued for those registrants being out of compliance. Investigators also seized two computer hard drives, two handguns, three rifles, five shotguns, and several boxes of ammunition during the operation.

Also, The Department of Public Safety Probation/Parole and the Winston-Salem Police Department conducted searches on high risk offenders and Community Group members who had a history of non-compliance with their conditions of supervision. The team of officers conducted 35 home contacts resulting in a total of 12 arrests including one fugitive from New Jersey. Additionally, this operation resulted in the seizure and recovery of two stolen firearms, small amounts of cocaine and marijuana, and $3000 in US currency.

Bill Stafford, United States Marshal for the Middle District of North Carolina was pleased with the work accomplished by these teams of investigators. “Whenever law enforcement agencies unite to accomplish a mission the community benefits” said Stafford of the recently concluded operation. “This operation is an example of such a partnership and the result is that the community is made safer by the efforts of the team.”

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Chapel Hill Police Department, the Durham Police Department, the Greensboro Police Department, the High Point Police Department, the Winston-Salem Police Department, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Division of Public Safety, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

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