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Dozens targeted in two-day warrant sweep

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – A two-day warrant sweep that targeted more than 100 criminals led to dozens of arrests, law enforcement officials announced Thursday.  

The sweeps involved a collaboration of more than 110 officers from multiple local, state, and federal agencies during the Tuesday and Wednesday operations.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Escondido Police Department, Carlsbad Police Department and the U.S. Marshals conducted sweeps across Escondido and North San Diego County targeting high-risk felons and gang members wanted for weapons charges, sex crimes-including child pornography, armed robbery and narcotics.

The operation was named in honor of Escondido Police Officer Laura Perez who was murdered by her husband during a domestic violence incident.

In total, 47 warrants were served and 36 arrests were made during “Operation Laura.”

Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter says the operation was carried out in order to protect the community and to prevent further domestic violence tragedies from spreading in North San Diego County. 

"In this particular case, they came together in honor of my officer that was killed. The results were positive. It wouldn't have been as successful as it was if it wasn't for that team work," said Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter. 

Law enforcement officials say that there is more work to be done with the 17,000 active warrants in San Diego County. 

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