More than 600 people were picked up or cleared of their outstanding warrants in Harker Heights during the 2013 Great Texas Warrant Round Up, Municipal Court Presiding Judge Antonio Kosta Jr. said.

The roundup was officially conducted March 2-10.

“It’s a little deceptive because we actually started a couple weeks before the actual roundup making calls,” he said.

In early February, the court began calling the 7,000 people who had outstanding warrants in Harker Heights.

Some of those warrants dated back to the 1990s, Kosta said.

City Marshal Richard Meredith handled the individuals who turned themselves in to the court, while five teams made up of 10 officers combed the city for others with outstanding warrants.

The operation was very peaceful, Meredith said.

“It went very well,” he said. “We had a lot of people coming in and we stayed pretty busy.”

Although the roundup has ended, a warrant officer continues to search for the several thousand people who still have outstanding warrants.

“We are still looking for them and we will arrest them,” Kosta said. “It’s just that we don’t have an intense emphasis as we did (during the Roundup).”

If outstanding warrants are not cleared, people could end up paying much more if they are arrested, Meredith said.

“They need to come in and get it taken care of, because we put a flag on their driver’s license and it will be suspended.”

Anyone with an outstanding warrant is urged to call the Harker Heights Municipal Court at (254) 953-5620 to make arrangements to clear their warrants and avoid arrest.

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