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Law enforcement stings nets more than 500

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- A hunt to serve outstanding warrants this summer led to a sting Tuesday evening.

Operation Falcon is a joint effort between the Dubuque Police Department and six other law enforcement agencies to crack down on Dubuque residents who have outstanding warrants.

Tuesday night's sting led to eight arrests - two of which were felony drug warrants and one of which was a confirmed gang member. The record so far for the summer is nearly 30 warrants served in one night.

Dubuque's first year with the operation was 2010, but that only spanned one month. This year, the Department extended it to three months: June through August.

At the beginning of June, the Dubuque Police Department had about 3,000 outstanding warrants in its system. As of Tuesday evening, Operation Falcon had served more than 500 of those. Last year, Operation Falcon netted about 150 people in its one month.

Dubuque Police Department Corporal Steve Eastvedt said stings like the one conducted on Tuesday night are multi-jurisdictional efforts between the department, the FBI, the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department, the Iowa State Highway Patrol, the Iowa Department of Corrections, the United States Marshals and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation.

Eastvedt said there are benefits to having so many agencies working together.

"The nice thing about this in putting these joint operations together is we have more resources available and we focus on it as a team, so we have automatic back-up," Eastvedt said. "Going after people on warrants is a fairly high-risk situation."

As of Tuesday afternoon, before the evening's sting, Operation Falcon 2010 had served 503 warrants and cracked down on 297 individuals. 165 of those warrants were on 78 gang members. 188 of the 503 warrants were felonies or aggravated misdemeanors, according to Eastvedt.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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