Ozzy OsbourneSheriff Paul D. Laney is one smart cop, even if Ozzy Osbourne won’t admit it, or doesn’t agree with his tactics.

The Cass County, N.D. sheriff recently used the famous rocker’s name in a sting operation aimed at rounding up people with outstanding arrest warrants. Laney sent out invitations to more than 500 lawbreakers offering them a chance to meet the legendary Black Sabbath frontman at a party at a local nightclub prior to Ozzy’s gig at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D.

Of the more than 100 people that showed up, 44 were promptly arrested and taken jail, including two with pending felony charges, and several others wanted for not paying child support. Ozzy, however, didn’t take the news very well.

“This sheriff should be ashamed of himself for using my celebrity to arrest these criminals," Ozzy said in a statement. “Surely with some good police work and a little bit of time he could have accomplished this without bringing my name into it. It’s insulting to me and to my audience, and it shows how lazy this particular sheriff is when it comes to doing his job.

“Instead of holding a press conference to pat himself on the back, Sheriff Laney should be apologizing to me for using my name in connection with these arrests,” Ozzy said.

Laney, however, defended his actions in several interviews with the media.

“We meant no disrespect toward Mr. Osbourne or his show,” Laney said. “What we did was a very creative law enforcement technique to lure individuals who had active criminal warrants to come to us.”

While Laney didn’t personally attend Osbourne’s concert in Fargo, he admitted that several of his deputies did—one of which was in the eighth row.

“He’s a huge Ozzy Osbourne fan,” Laney said.—Gabriel J. Hernandez