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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County officials say 31 wanted people have been arrested during one of the largest warrant sweeps in the history of the county.

Officials said 130 officers from 11 federal, state, and local agencies began looking for suspects Wednesday morning.

It is called Operation FACT: Facing Albany Crime Together. Nine teams of about a dozen law enforcement officers each spread out across Albany and Dougherty County at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers wearing bullet proof vests surrounded homes and knocked on doors looking for wanted people.

Word spread quickly through the neighborhoods about the crime fighting effort. Neighbors like Lester Martin said it's a good thing.

"I think crime will probably be reduced in the neighborhood and throughout the city," said Martin. "Get them guys who have already done stuff, get them out of the way."

The officers served nearly 100 warrants. Back at headquarters, the teams' movements were tracked in what crews called a 'war room.' The operation has been in the planning stages for three weeks.

The warrants were for felonies and misdemeanor crimes, including parole and probation violations. Officials said they want to send a message that they are working together now more than ever. They think today's operation will make the streets safer.

"At least for a few days people will be a little leary," said A.D.D.U. Commander Major Bill Berry. "Don't know who we're coming to look at next, or where we are going to be next; how long we're going to be out or what's going to go on."

In addition to 31 arrests, officers seized one half pound of Spice, ecstasy, and marijuana.

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