ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) – More than 50 people have been arrested in Nash and Edgecombe counties as part of a two-day joint operation named “Operation Big Show,” officials said.
The operation focused on the compliance of high-risk offenders on probation and parole supervision and resulted in the arrest of 54 individuals and the service of more than 100 warrants.
“We’re doing these operations so that Rocky Mount citizens can live their lives as they deserve – without violence and thievery,” Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore.
The operation began early in the morning on June 7 when more than 160 law enforcement officers in both counties took to the streets to look for absconders from probation supervision, those wanted on outstanding warrants, and to conduct compliance searches on high-risk and gang-involved probationers, officials said.
“If you don’t commit a crime, you don’t got to worry about us, it’s very simple. But we have to hold them accountable,” U.S. Marshal Scott Parker said Thursday.
Officers visited 170 homes and conducted 90 searches of high-risk offenders that resulted in 30 new probation violation charges as well as the arrest of 18 probation absconders.
One of the suspects taken into custody is Travis Moore. He is listed as one of Rocky Mount’s Top Ten Most Wanted.
Warrants were also served for various violent crimes including assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and drug offenses.
“We knew going into this operation it was very dangerous,” Parker said.
Officers and investigators from the United States Marshals Service; North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Community Corrections; North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Special Operations & Intelligence Unit; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Rocky Mount Police Department; Nash County Sheriff’s Department,; Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Department; North Carolina State Highway Patrol; United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the District Attorney’s Office for District 7 all took part in the operation.
During the operation, officers and ATF Special Agents confiscated five handguns, one assault rifle, and one shotgun- including three stolen weapons. Agents also recovered ammunition and magazines from multiple felons. ATF agents are investigating all gun-related crimes for possible federal prosecution.
The operation is the largest of its kind to be conducted in the area and it’s over yet, according to Moore.