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U.S. Marshal's clear more than 2,000 cases in 2013

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TYLER – The U.S. Marshals Service's "Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force" cleared 2,441 fugitive cases in 2013. The U.S. Marshals task force combines the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest the area's most dangerous and violent fugitives. A breakdown of the cases cleared exemplifies the nature of the felons being sought by the task force:

  • 53 Homicide Warrants

  • 178 Sex Offender Warrants

  • 32 Weapon Offence Warrants

  • 187 Assault/Aggravated Assault Warrants

  • 89 Parole Warrants

  • 372 Narcotic Warrants

  • 108 Robbery Warrants

Throughout the Eastern District of Texas, the US Marshals Service has 70 participating agencies which include 40 full-time task force officers and 84 part-time task force officers. These officers are dedicated to violent crime reduction by locating and apprehending wanted criminals even if they are outside the continental United States. Task force officers are state and local police officers who receive special deputations from the U.S. Marshal. As a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal, these officers can enforce federal laws and cross jurisdictional lines in pursuit of violent felons.

Acting U.S. Marshal Steve Tiller stated: "The success of our fugitive apprehension mission is based on the unparalleled relationships with our state and local partners and the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force is a role model for multi-jurisdictional cooperation. The citizens of our East Texas communities are safer due to the dedication of our Deputies and Task Force Officers who apprehend the worst of the worst on a daily basis."

The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government's primary agency for fugitive investigations and they apprehend more federal fugitives than all other law enforcement agencies combined. The task force also serves as the central point for agencies to share information on fugitive matters, including sex offenders.

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