OXFORD - Operation FALCON 2009 has resulted in 166 fugitives being rounded up in northern Mississippi.

In its fifth year, the annual nationwide operation netted 35,190 fugitives. FALCON stands for Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally.

Led by the U.S. Marshals, the operation spanned from June 1 to June 20.

Of the 166 arrested in the Northern District, 25 were sex offenders. The Northern District covers 37 counties, including Lee, Lafayette, Monroe, Pontotoc and Union. Statistics by county were unavailable.

One of the more notable arrests came in Columbus. Daryl Eugene Smith was arrested in connection with a 22-year-old murder in Maricopa County, Ariz., according to Felix.

Smith has been a fugitive since 1987. He is now in the Lowndes County jail awaiting extradition back to Arizona.

Since its inception in 2005, Operation FALCON has made more than 91,086 arrests and cleared more than 117,874 warrants. The U.S. Marshals Service says it continues to be the largest and most successful fugitive apprehension effort.

Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.

Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

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