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For Immediate Release

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July 15, 2009 Corey Britt, Deputy United States Marshal
Lafayette, Louisiana (337) 262-6792
Alabama’s Most Wanted Arrested by U.S. Marshals in Lafayette

The Western District of Louisiana’s Fugitive Task Force in Lafayette arrested thirty-seven year old Jack Copeland at 5:30 p.m. at 404 Guilbeau Road (Bell Downs Apartments) in Lafayette. Copeland was Wanted in Shelby County Alabama for 2nd Degree Sodomy and 2nd Degree Rape. Further, Coleman has outstanding warrants in Bay County, Florida for Possession of Controlled Substance (Felony) and two counts of Domestic Battery (Felony). U.S. Marshal Task Force Officers booked Copeland into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center where he will be extradited back to Alabama, then Florida to face his charges.

Task Force Officers with the U.S. Marshals Regional Task Force in Birmingham adopted this fugitive investigation from the Shelby County Sheriffs Office. Alabama Task Force Officers (TFOs) were able to develop information that Copeland had fled to Louisiana. TFOs in Shreveport and Lafayette were able to develop further information leading us to Bell Downs Apartments. Surveillance was established and not long after Copeland was identified going into an apartment. Copeland was arrested 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.

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