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Sweep nets 1,400 arrests in Oklahoma

JAY F. MARKS Modified: July 10, 2009 at 4:16 am •  Published: July 10, 2009
This is what happens when U.S. marshals call for reinforcements.

The annual fugitive roundup known as Operation FALCON resulted in more than 35,000 arrests nationwide in June as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies stepped up to help. They also seized 582 firearms and more than $340,000 in cash during the monthlong sweep, officials announced Thursday.

Authorities arrested more than 1,400 fugitives in Oklahoma.

"There is no single agency that can do this on its own,” said U.S. Marshal Michael Roach of Oklahoma City.

Since Operation FALCON began five years ago, it has resulted in more than 91,000 arrests nationwide, officials said.

U.S. Marshal Service Director John F. Clark is sold on the format.

"I continue to be impressed with the remarkable results that can be achieved when all of law enforcement comes together,” Clark said in a news release. "What began five years ago as a promising concept has become the most effective fugitive apprehension effort in the long history of the U.S. marshals.”

The 2009 fugitive roundup was stretched from one week to a full month, said Deputy Marshal Michael Parks, coordinator of the Metro Fugitive Squad in Oklahoma City.

Parks said the change helped authorities to focus on different parts of the metro area.

BLOG: Watchdog intern writes about her experiences

LINK: Top targets nabbed nationwide

LINK: Participating agencies nationwide

LINK: U.S. Marshals fact sheet on Operation FALCON 2009

Officers from 23 local, state and federal agencies joined U.S. marshals in this year’s fugitive roundup in the western half of Oklahoma.

• Local
: Canadian County sheriff; Oklahoma County sheriff; Logan County sheriff; Kay County sheriff; Payne County sheriff; Cleveland County sheriff; Comanche County jail; Grady County sheriff;

Lawton police; Oklahoma City police; Yukon police; Seminole police and Del City police.

• State
: Oklahoma Highway Patrol; Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control; Oklahoma Corrections Department; Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ office of inspector general.

• Federal
: Drug Enforcement Administration; Secret Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; FBI; Fish and Wildlife Department; and U.S. attorney’s office

Notable Operation FALCON arrests

Tyrone Lee Carr, 36, of Oklahoma City: Carr is charged with five counts of rape and five counts of oral sodomy involving a 13-year-old girl.

Marquis D. Dorsey, 30, of Altus: Dorsey was wanted in Jackson County on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He is one of five people charged in the death of an Altus man who was beaten, stabbed and shot after the man was robbed May 31.

Jerry Don Halstead, 46, of Oklahoma City: Halstead was wanted for allegedly violating his probation in a 2002 manslaughter case filed after his wife died in an alcohol-related crash. Canadian County prosecutors are seeking to revoke Halstead’s 10-year probation, citing his November arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol in Midwest City.

Merle Allen Massey, 60, of Oklahoma City: Massey was charged May 27 with 30 counts of sexual abuse of a child. He allegedly abused a 17-year-old girl over an eight-month period that ended in April.

Lisa Monica Gonzales, 36, of Los Angeles: Gonzales faces conspiracy and accessory to a felony charges stemming from a gang-related shooting in June 2003. Marshals in Oklahoma City tracked her to Los Angeles, where she was arrested by authorities there. She was one of the agency’s most wanted fugitives.


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