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For Immediate Release

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June 17, 2009 Corey Britt, Deputy United States Marshal
Lafayette, Louisiana (337) 262-6792
St. Mary / Iberia Fugitive Arrested in Sacramento

Twenty-One year old Jacolby Westley from Jeanerette was arrested yesterday evening by the U.S. Marshals in Sacramento, CA. Westley was Wanted by St. Mary Parish for a numerous charges including: Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Battery, and Illegal Discharging of a Firearm. Further, Iberia Parish has an active Warrant against Westley for Armed Robbery with a Firearm. All of these incidents occurred in 2007.

Information was received by Task Force Officers with the Western District of Louisiana’s Fugitive Task Force indicating Westley was in Sacramento. Task Force officers in Lafayette coordinated with Task Force Officers in Sacramento to effect Westley’s arrest. Westley was arrested yesterday at about 6:00 p.m. Central Time without incident.

The United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana said, “The coordinated effort of all law enforcement to bring dangerous criminals to justice ensures that the streets and neighborhoods of Louisiana are a safer place to raise our children.”

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 34,000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.

The Western District of Louisiana’s Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from agencies throughout the Western part of Louisiana (Shreveport, Monroe, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Opelousas, and Lafayette). The task force objective is to seek out and arrest federal, state, and local fugitives, mainly those with violent criminal histories to include sex offenders. In 2008, U.S. Marshals task forces arrested more than 73,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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