JACKSON COUNTY -- A man who failed to report to prison in Georgia nine years ago has been arrested through Operation Stonegarden. It's a federal program that aims to catch wanted people traveling on major corridors and around the nation's borders.
Donnie Tran, 41, of Pensacola, Fla., was wanted in Gwinett County, Ga., for failing to report to prison in 2007, Sheriff Mike Ezell said.
He was arrested early Thursday after a traffic stop on Interstate 10.
Operation Stonegarden, led by the Department of Homeland Security, is a combined effort of local, state and federal officers to secure the nation's borders and access to U.S. borders, including states bordering Mexico and Canada and borders to international waters.
"This is part of an ongoing grant and is how we are able to put extra patrols on Interstate 10," Ezell told the Sun Herald.
"Our deputies mainly stop drivers for DUI and traffic offenses, but in this case, we found out the guy was wanted."
Deputies were working on a DHS detail on I-10 just after midnight Wednesday when they pulled over a white sport-utility vehicle being operated in a careless manner, Ezell said.
Tran gave a false name and birth date but finally gave his real name, Ezell said.
The National Crime Information Center database showed Tran was wanted.
He was arrested early Thursday and taken to the Jackson County jail, where he is held with no bond awaiting extradition proceedings.
"We are glad to be able to do our part to help catch fugitives or suspicious persons," Ezell said.