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Kiowa Co. Authorities Arrest 16 in Sweep

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Kiowa Co.OK_Sixteen people were arrested in Kiowa County after a massive warrant sweep Friday.

The Kiowa County Sheriff's Office partnered with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and local police departments to catch the offenders, from Gotebo to Hobart to Snyder.  Some were hauled in for outstanding felony warrants that dated back to 2010.

Undersheriff Keith Cotten says the sweep is a massive undertaking.

"It takes quite a while to get all this together, so you never know if you have enough time to get one in, but we're always wanting to conduct another one," Cotten said.

He says the arrests immediately have an impact on the community.

"Some of these warrants are re-occurring offenders. So, who knows how many crimes we have stopped just arresting one person for a past crime they've had and kept them from having anything happen tonight, or tomorrow night, or anything like that," he said.

Sheriff Bob Lancaster says the relationships his department builds through days like this help Kiowa County run a little smoother.

"It builds an inter-agency communication in the working partnership with the Highway Patrol. (OHP) Troop M has been wonderful. It gets us all together and it gives us the ability to pass information back and forth as well," he said.

In all, sixteen people were taken to jail from all reaches of the county. According to Cotten, that number will continue to rise long after the bust is over.

"There's no telling how many fines will get paid off with people hearing that we're out looking to bring them in. They'll come into the courthouse and pay their fines just to keep us from knocking on their door," said Cotten.

And that's just fine with Sheriff Lancaster. He says he hopes these sweeps serve as an example for those avoiding the law.

"If there's an active warrant, we are going to proactively come out and try to find you to get it taken care of. Either you do it on your own, or we will help you do it," he said.

As for the future, Sheriff Lancaster wouldn't tell us when the next bust would be, but he says he hopes future sweeps are just as successful as the one Friday morning.

Today's arrests mark the second warrant sweep the county has conducted so far this year.

 

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