Fugitive roundup nets 643 people in Arizona

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PHOENIX -- Police agencies in Arizona arrested 643 people on outstanding criminal warrants over the last two weeks as part of a nationwide roundup that netted 35,000 people.

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Those arrested in Arizona included people charged with or convicted of murders, robberies, assaults, fraud, and drug and sexual crimes.

U.S. marshal for Arizona David Gonzales says the operation was significant because it took fugitives and career criminals off the streets.

Still, Gonzales says there's much more fugitive work left for police agencies in Arizona.

Maricopa County has 38,000 outstanding criminal warrants.

The roundup in Arizona was conducted by U.S. Marshals Service, Arizona Department of Public Safety and county and local law enforcement agencies.

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