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District of Arizona - News Releases

April 20, 2015 - Beginning March 2nd, the U.S. Marshals Service in the District of Arizona coordinated a state wide fugitive operation involving law enforcement agencies from Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. This operation targeted over a thousand fugitives wanted for higher level felony crimes, including homicide, robbery, rape, dangerous drugs, and assault.

March 09, 2015 - U.S. Marshals arrested Moises Valdez at the San Luis, Arizona, Port of Entry, on  Wednesday, March 4th for murder. On November 2, 2014, Marissa Pineda De Almanza, a member of the United States Air Force Reserve, was found deceased inside her apartment in Elk Grove, CA.

February 25, 2015 - Last night, Deputy U.S. Marshals took custody of Manuel Mauro Rivera-Ramirez from law enforcement officials in the Republic of Mexico at the Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas. In September 2008, a warrant was issued by the Pima County Superior Court charging Rivera-Ramirez with violating his conditions of probation after Absconding from Supervision.

January 26, 2015 - U.S. Marshals tracked Matthew Lynn Brewster, formerly of Tucson, Arizona, to Saudi Arabia where he was detained and subsequently returned to the United States earlier today. In April 2014, the Pima County Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for the arrest of Brewster, which charged him with multiple counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor under the age of Fifteen.

November 05, 2014 - On Monday afternoon, Jefferey Morris was arrested by Task Force members in Glendale, AZ. Morris was wanted by the Lexington Police Department in Kentucky for Murder.

October 31, 2014 - Throughout the month of October, Deputy U.S. Marshals, Task Force Officers, and numerous federal, state, and local partners collaborated in “Operation Safe Treat VII” across the state of Arizona. The operation targeted fugitive sex offenders, child predators with outstanding arrest warrants and those wanted for crimes against children.

October 15, 2014 - Yesterday morning, homicide suspect Cedric Miller was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals led Violent Offender Task Force at the Pima County Superior Courthouse in downtown Tucson.

May 16, 2014 - U.S. Marshals and Tohono O’odham Police Department wrapped up a two day sex offender compliance operation that started yesterday and concluded today. The compliance operation was a combined effort consisting of various tribal, local, state and federal agencies ensuring sex offenders residing on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation are complying with sex offender registration laws.

March 15, 2014 - From March 10-14, the U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona led Operation Southern Star III, a law enforcement operation targeting violent fugitives with outstanding felony warrants issued out of Pima, Graham and Cochise Counties in Arizona. These warrants included offenses for violent crimes to include narcotic violations.

February 01, 2014 - Salvador Ibarra was arrested at the U.S. Border Patrol check point located south of Tucson on Interstate 19. Deputies assigned to the U.S. Marshals led Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force received information from the San Diego Fugitive Task Force requesting assistance after information was developed and put Ibarra in southern Arizona.

January 29, 2014 - Yesterday afternoon, Michael Mazel was arrested in Eloy, Ariz. during a high risk vehicle stop. Mazel was wanted by the U.S. Marshals led Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team in the Eastern District of Michigan for failure to appear. The charges are based on a February 2013 arrest in Michigan for receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography.

January 15, 2014 - Yesterday evening, U.S. Marshals and Kansas City Police apprehended double homicide suspect, Michael Dwayne Leday. Leday is alleged to have killed Patrick Balbastro and Cindy Burnett as well as critically injuring Balbastro’s girlfriend with Balbastro's vehicle. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice