The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma announced Friday that 34 violent criminals were arrested in Creek County during Operation Fallback.
Operation Fallout was part of the Justice Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, a nationwide federal program designed to disrupt gun violence strategically and comprehensively, using all available enforcement and prosecutive tools.
The five-day operation targeting fugitives wanted for violent criminal offenses in Creek County was finalized this week.
“Today, 34 violent offenders have been apprehended as a result of Operation Fallback,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “Violent crime continues to be a priority for my office and the Department of Justice. Our Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative leverages the law enforcement resources in our district to get the most violent criminals off the streets. I appreciate the brave work performed by the U.S. Marshals Service and the local, state, tribal and federal task force officers who serve on the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force. The U.S. Attorney’s Office remains committed to keeping Oklahomans safe.”
The task force, which includes deputies from the Creek County Sheriff's Office, was divided into three teams to serve the warrants throughout the county during the week. The teams were able to clear 41 warrants, arrested 34 violent offenders, and seized five firearms during the operation.
“This was a joint effort with the Creek County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service to provide assistance in apprehending the county’s most violent criminals and making the community a safer place,” said Northern District of Oklahoma U.S. Marshal Clayton Johnson.
Many of the violent offenders had arrest warrants issued resulting from domestic battery charges. Methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were also found during the operation, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.
“The sheriff’s office was happy to be part of an operation that allows us to find and arrest the people that plague our county with crime. I am grateful to U.S. Attorney Trent Shores and the U.S. Marshals for working diligently to help bring these people to justice,” said Creek County Sheriff Bret Bowling.