WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Friday morning, Forsyth County Sheriff Bill Schatzman announced the results 'Operation Hammer', a joint operation to conduct random checks on registered sex offenders in the county.
The mission was to make sure the more than 500 registered sex offenders were in compliance with state and federal laws.
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Sheriff Schatzman said his department along with officers from state, local and federal agencies, conducted 242 unplanned checks at addresses of registered sex offenders. The agencies collaborate and take an aggressive approach to knowing if sex offenders are in compliance with the law, Schatzman said.
During Operation Hammer, authorities arrested and charged Jason Lawson of Walkertown with Felonious Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He was booked and released on a $12,000 secured bond. His next court date is July 24.
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According to Schatzman, there are active warrants out for at least 10 registered sex offenders as a result of Operation Hammer.
Data from NC Department of Public Safety:
35 searches were conducted, resulting in a total of 12 arrests. These arrests consisted of four probationers found to be in violation of the conditions of supervision, three probation or parole absconders, one absconder from New Jersey, and four defendants not on probation, but found to be in possession of contraband.
The Winston Salem Police Department seized contraband and filed additional charges for cocaine and marijuana. Two stolen firearms and a stolen moped were recovered and a marijuana grow operation was disrupted. Approximately $3,000 in U.S. currency was seized during this operation. All searches and arrests were conducted without incident.
Of the 242 sex offenders searched, 126 are currently under probation or parole supervision. One probationer was found to be in possession of a revolver, five shotguns, two pellet guns, and eight boxes of ammunition. These items were seized for further investigation and may lead to new charges and probation violation.
Video clips are raw clips from the sheriff's 11:00 a.m. news conference.