Thirty people were arrested Friday and Saturday in a joint sex offender verification operation called "Hide and Seek," the Lonoke County Sheriff's office said in a statement on Sunday.
Authorities made arrests mainly for sex offender violations, county sheriff John Staley said. Of the 30 individuals arrested, 25 people were detained for sex offender violations, three for drug violations and five for fugitive warrants from other agencies, the news release states.
Staley said they worked with other agencies — the Carlisle police department, Ward police department, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement — to arrest the individuals along with the warrants they had.
"Some weren't living where they were supposed to live, or doing what they were supposed to," Staley told ArkansasOnline. "Some had charges in other counties, such as out of Beebe."
Staley added they originally had about 19 warrants they were trying to serve and 55 sex offenders targeted.
The main target in "Hide and Seek" was Blake Davis, 19, of Cabot whom authorities were searching for a charge of intimidating a witness in reference to a previous rape charge that is pending trial, Staley said. Davis was arrested and is being held without bond in Lonoke County jail, according to the release.
"If you chose to offend in Lonoke County," Staley said. "You will be held accountable."