County roundup nets more than 50 fugitives

Apr. 16, 2013 @ 05:15 PM

State and county authorities last week worked together to capture fugitives who were on probation or parole.
Agents, officers, deputies and troopers worked out of the N.C. National Guard’s Readiness Center in High Point to capture more than 120 fugitives and more than $15,000 in cash as part of the Guilford County Community Betterment Initiative.
Commissioner Frank Perry, who oversees the law enforcement division of the N.C. Department of Public Safety, called the initiative an outstanding operation.
“Working together to make communities safer is what the citizens have asked us to do,” Perry said. “We plan to build on the success from this countywide operation.”
Last week began with a roundup of more than 50 probation and parole offenders. Agents with Alcohol and Law Enforcement worked with community corrections and prison special operations teams visiting last known addresses and following leads to apprehend the violators, mostly those with felony charges.
The N.C. State Highway Patrol conducted a seat-belt campaign during the week and charged 1,442 motorists with various violations, including driving while intoxicated, drug violations, speeding, reckless driving and littering.
On Wednesday, a search warrant was executed at Garibaldi’s, a Greensboro restaurant. Ten people, including the owner and manager, were arrested on 42 criminal charges, including felony drug charges and outstanding warrants. Cocaine, drug paraphernalia, three vehicles and $1,090 in money were seized.
“The public can take comfort in knowing that we have a lot of agencies that are working well together,” said Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes. “We are not in bad shape here in Guilford County. We have seen crime decrease, but it is through efforts like this that we see crime reduction and see things that make a difference. We want to make sure our communities are safe.”
During the weeklong operation, five gang members were arrested: two United Blood Nation, two Crip and one Hood.
The week ended with four search warrants being executed at alleged drug sale locations in Greensboro and High Point.
In addition to the Greensboro Police Department, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, the High Point Police Department, Thomasville Police Department the University of North Carolina Greensboro Police Department, Homeland Security and Immigration Enforcement also participated in the operation.
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Felony Charges: 127
Misdemeanor Charges: 138
Total Charges: 256

Seizures
• Eight Firearms include one stolen handgun
• Five vehicles
• $15,296 in currency
• 32.5 grams of cocaine
• About 27 grams of fake cocaine
• 33 3/4 pounds of marijuana
• Four cell phones
• One iPad
• Drug paraphernalia
• One military round casing and two tracer military rounds for a 25 mm automatic cannon