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Posted on Jul 7, 2018

Authorities arrest 62 in three counties

Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced on July 2 that the United States Marshal Service had coordinated a federal, state and local law enforcement operation, called Operation Hopscotch, that resulted in the arrests of 62 violent offenders in Grant, Chelan and Douglas counties.
A chart issued with the announcement from Grant County Sheriff’s Office shows that 21 of the 62 arrests were made in Grant County.
The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Moses Lake Police Department, Wenatchee Police Department and East Wenatchee Police Department partnered in Operation Hopscotch to locate and arrest sex offenders and other violent offenders with outstanding active arrest warrants, according to the GCSO.
Operation Hopscotch also led to the apprehension of fugitives based on arrest warrants issued from California and Idaho, as well as the arrests of offenders in Arizona and Texas. During the operation, law enforcement officers seized approximately 180 grams of methamphetamine and $2,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency, according to the GCSO.
Craig Thayer, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Washington, said the U.S. Marshals Service is very appreciative of the partnerships it has with other federal law enforcement agencies and made this warrant operation a success, according to the GCSO.

By Post-Register Staff