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Sex offender sweep results in arrests, drug seizures

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A large-scale operation to check up on sex offenders results in arrests, and seizures of drugs, weapons and computers.

U-S Attorney, Booth Goodwin, introduced a team of State Police and U-S Marshals that were involved in the recent sex offender sweep.

The agencies did a combined 299 sex offender registry checks, to make sure sex offenders were abiding by the conditions set for them.

18 were arrested for non-compliance.

In some cases, weapons and drugs were seized.

In two cases, computers, suspected of having illegal material on them, were seized.

"I think this is a strong voice saying that we're united, in this effort, to make sure that these people are checked on," says US Marshal, Loren Carl, of Kentucky, "and if they're doing the right thing, that's great. If not, then we will, uh, take them to the fullest extent of the law."

State Police say there are about 3,600 registered sex offenders living in West Virginia, and authorities check in on all of them at least once a year.