Cameron County cracks down on deadbeat dads

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio is cracking down on parents who have not been paying their child support.

So far, 34 arrests have been made in a sweep that started on Tuesday.

Sheriff Lucio said his work is never over when it comes to finding parents who owe child support payments.

This week, his deputies teamed up with the Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division to round-up parents who have failed to comply with their court orders.

Deputies headed off to the homes of child support evaders as early as 5 a.m., where they arrested the non-compliant parents at their before they had the chance to step out to work for the day.

As of this afternoon, two teams of deputies have arrested 34 individuals who avoided paying their child support. Those parents arrested face up to six months in jail.

The Attorney General's Office said to avoid the embarrassment of an arrest at home or work parents with child support warrants should contact the sheriff's office.

During this round of arrests, the attorney general's office said the top evader owed $60,000 in back child support payments and the lowest amount owed by one individual was $2,700.

Parents who have fallen behind on their child support payments, but are not subject to warrants for their arrest, should immediately contact the Attorney General's Child Support Division at 1-800-252-8014 to make payment arrangements.