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For Immediate Release

Contact:
June 30, 2011 Drew Koschny, Asst. Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal,
District of New Mexico (505) 462-2318;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
‘15 Most Wanted’ Manhunt Ends in Los Angeles
U.S. Marshals Arrest Suspected New Mexico Drug Kingpin

Washington – The U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested in Los Angeles Wednesday morning a suspected drug kingpin wanted on a 2005 open indictment from the New Mexico U.S. District Court for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, continuing criminal enterprise and conspiracy to launder money.

Keith Hasson, 45, who was added June 6 to the U.S. Marshals “15 Most Wanted” fugitive list, was picked up at approximately 11:20 a.m. (PST) Wednesday in an apartment near the intersection of Shoup Avenue and Victory Boulevard. He was arrested without incident.

Hasson is considered to be the leader of a criminal enterprise responsible for large-scale distribution of cocaine and marijuana throughout the United States. His organization operated from 1999 to 2005, generating more than $20 million in cash and assets. His brother, Anthony Hasson, received more than 24 years in prison for his conviction in the same criminal case.

His extensive criminal history, dating back to 1981, includes arrests for attempted murder, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft, burglary and possession with intent to distribute. Hasson is also wanted for questioning in two gang-related murders. He has a previous federal conviction for conspiracy to deliver cocaine.

Investigators believe Hasson had access to significant financial resources and was continuing to organize criminal enterprise. He has family ties and associates across the United States including Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Georgia.

“Keith Hasson had a long run as a leader of a criminal organization,” said Geoff Shank, Acting Assistant Director of the Investigative Operations Division for the U.S. Marshals Service. “Thanks to the Marshals and their law enforcement partners, that long run has come to an end.”

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov

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