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Warrant Arrest Sweep Nets 29 of 70 Sought in Hunt County

The current Hunt County jail has chronic, insoluble structural problems, Judge Bobby Stovall said.
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A multi-agency sweep in Hunt County on Wednesday resulted in 29 arrests.

One hundred fifty federal, state, county, and local law enforcement officers Wednesday arrested 29 people wanted for outstanding felony and parole violation warrants in Hunt County. The joint roundup involved officials from the FBI, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, and the Greenville Police Department, as well as the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.

At a press conference in Greenville Wednesday afternoon, FBI Deputy Agent in Charge Eric Jackson, of the bureau’s Dallas office, said there were 70 outstanding warrants for violent offenders in Hunt County. Officials rounded up less than half of those, but Jackson said 26 suspects are believed to have fled to Dallas County. Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said at least three suspects were confirmed to be already dead. Several others were found to already be in custody in Texas, or had moved to other parts of Texas and the United States.

Jackson said the operation was part of a law enforcement partnership started last year that’s designed to help smaller departments covering large geographic areas. He said similar warrant sweeps will be coming up in neighboring counties, but offered no details. Officials did not release the names of those arrested.