ALBANY, Ga. — Federal, state and local agencies took 20 offenders into custody during Operation Peacekeeper, a three-day effort to capture offenders involved in shootings, homicides and other violent crimes, announced Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. The wanted offenders were taken into custody on Nov. 13-15, the majority in Dougherty and Mitchell counties.

Operation Peacekeeper was spearheaded by U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF), in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigations, the Albany Police Department Gang Unit, Pelham Police Department, Camilla Police Department, Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office, Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office and Dougherty County District Attorney’s Office. Additional agencies involved include U.S. Marshals Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force, U.S. Marshals Middle District of Georgia and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Operation Peacekeeper focused on individuals wanted on active felony warrants for violent crimes, as well as conducting proactive patrols to disrupt and ultimately dismantle criminal enterprises and individuals involved in violent crimes, according to a press release from Peeler’s office.

“This operation is part of law enforcement’s relentless commitment to reduce violent crime in Southwest Georgia and across the Middle District,” Peeler said. “Operation Peacekeeper is a coordinated effort involving law enforcement agencies at every level, and was planned and executed with precision. I commend our law enforcement partners for the bravery and professionalism they exhibit every day when fighting crime across our region, and making our communities safer.”

Four of the suspects were wanted on drug charges, but six were sought for violent offenses, from simple battery to aggravated assault on a police officer. Several had probation violation warrants.

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