Successful “Operation Time’s Up” Puts Multiple Criminals Behind Bars

Multiple law enforcement agencies participated in “Operation Time’s Up”, a 5 weeklong fugitive operation in Henry, Des Moines, and Lee Counties, as well as the surrounding communities. The operation resulted in an outstanding 45 individuals wanted on local, state, and/or federal arrest warrants. Each of the individuals arrested had pending criminal charges for crimes involving guns, drugs, assaults, sex offenses, or other violent crimes.

Two firearms were recovered from wanted persons, while a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine, fentanyl, and illicit prescription drugs were taken off the street. Operation Time’s Up was divided into three phases, the first of which, investigation, ran between April 29th and May 30th. During this period, agencies identified a number of arrest warrants to work during the second phase, enforcement, where credible information as to the whereabouts of fugitives were developed.

Between May 21 and 23, four teams of eight law enforcement officers participated in the second phase, working 10 hour shifts to locate and apprehend approximately 30 individuals wanted on outstanding arrest warrants. The majority of these were complete in Des Moines, Henry, and Lee counties, however, some individuals were located as far away as Arizona.

Follow up, phase 3, was completed by May 31st, in which investigators made several more arrests.

U.S. Marshal, Ted Kamatchus, highlighted the cooperation among law enforcement in Iowa, and credited it, along with spirit, to the success of Operation Time’s Up.