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More Than 2 Dozen North Texas Fugitives Caught In 'Major Operation'

GREENVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - The FBI and Hunt County authorities launched a major operation Wednesday which resulted in the capture of more than two dozen fugitives.

The National Guard Armory in Greenville served as a base for an operation that began at 6:00 a.m.

More than 150 deputies, troopers and FBI agents fanned out across Hunt County in an effort to get fugitives off the streets.

Hunt Co. fugitive roundup
Hunt Co. fugitive roundup (CBS11)

There were a total of 70 fugitives the targeted.

Twenty-nine were arrested.

Twenty-six of the fugitives had fled to Dallas County. A few were found to be already in jail.

No officers were injured in the apprehensions.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks says his office doesn't have the manpower to find and arrest fugitives.

But with the help of the FBI's Special Agent-in-Charge Eric Jackson, who has been reaching out to work more closely with local law enforcement, they combined resources to get people ranging from thieves, to drug dealers, violent criminals and deadbeat dads off the streets.

"It's difficult for us just to take our calls and patrol so when we have so many warrants outstanding warrants as we have here today we had to rely on people like the FBI," said Sheriff Meeks.

"Hunt County is going to be safer and we are sending a message to those bad guys if your'e coming here to Hunt County it's not a good spot and that's what we're going to be focusing on," said Jackson.

The FBI says it's part of an initiative to work with local authorities to get people on the run back in jail.

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