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Deputies swarm Spartanburg Co. to make arrests

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Deputies and officers serve warrants in Spartanburg County as a part of Operation Dragnet. (Oct. 17, 2012/FOX Carolina) Deputies and officers serve warrants in Spartanburg County as a part of Operation Dragnet. (Oct. 17, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Joseph Garza (left) and Carlos Smith. (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Joseph Garza (left) and Carlos Smith. (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

More than 130 officers from several agencies swarmed Spartanburg County on Wednesday, serving arrest warrants for a variety of crimes.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said 131 officers from 24 agencies served warrants for a variety of violations, from minor infractions like check fraud to bigger crimes, as part of "Operation Dragnet."

Wright said the sheriff's office normally has 10 deputies working in the warrants division, and with Wednesday's efforts the increased manpower will speed up the process.

"Spartanburg County is not a safe haven for criminals," Wright said.

As of noon Wednesday, more than 150 arrest warrants on 90 suspects had been served and by the end of the day officials served 277 warrants on 178 people. Deputies said it was the most successful one-day roundup dating back almost 15 years.

Officers tried to serve between 700 and 800 active arrest warrants as part of Operation Dragnet, with some warrants dating back to the 1990s.

If subjects were not at home when the warrants are served, Wright said notifications were left, and he encouraged anyone who receives one to turn themselves in. He said some of the smaller crimes may even be payable, removing the warrant altogether.

Wright held his press conference Wednesday at a local church where several of the arrested subjects were present and processed for transport to the county jail.

Deputies said many of the warrants served were for traffic charges and other non-violent offenses, but two of the most serious charges were drugs, weapons and attempted murder warrants on Joseph Garza along with a felon in possession of a firearm charge served on Carlos Smith.

Operation Dragnet will continue on a smaller scale throughout the next few days.

Agencies participating in Operation Dragnet included police officers from Lyman, Duncan, Wellford, Landrum, Campobello, Inman, Chesnee, Cowpens, Pacolet, Woodruff, Spartanburg, Greenville, Gaffney and Greer.

Additionally, deputies from Cherokee, Union, Laurens, Lexington, Greenville, Oconee and Spartanburg counties, along with agents from Spartanburg Probation and Parole Services, Cherokee Probation and Parole Services and the United States Marshal Service Task Force participated.

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