WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly eleven thousand sex offenders, gang members and other fugitives were swept up in what the Justice Department today called a sting targeting the "worst of the worst" criminals on the run.
Last week's roundup, dubbed Operation Falcon III, took place in 24 states east of the Mississippi River.
U.S. Attorney General Albert Gonzales says "America's neighborhoods are safer today, thanks to Operation Falcon III."
The U.S. Marshals Service says 254 fugitives were arrested in Kentucky. Among those were Ronald Geary, who was arrested in Meade County near Louisville and Joseph Lewis, who was arrested in Laurel County in Southcentral Kentucky.
Marshal Rick McCubbin says Geary was wanted in Florida on charges of rape and sodomy of a minor. Marshal John Schickel says Lewis was wanted on five counts of sexual abuse and two counts of sodomy.