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For Immediate Release

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August 06, 2009 Corey Britt, Deputy United States Marshal
Lafayette, Louisiana (337) 262-6792
America’s Most Wanted, Anthony Thomas Arrested in Ft. Smith Arkansas

W/LA LogoTwenty-Six year old Anthony Thomas was arrested today by Sebastian County, Arkansas (Ft. Smith). Thomas was wanted by U.S. Marshals in Lafayette for violating his bond. Thomas was originally arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for Possession of Child Pornography. Sebastian County detectives contacted Thomas because of a police report he filed under the name, “John Campbell.”

Detectives in Sebastian County questioned the name “John Campbell” and ended up persuading Thomas to be fingerprinted. Those fingerprints revealed that “John Campbell” was in fact Anthony Thomas who was wanted by U.S. Marshals in Lafayette. Thomas will be extradited back to Lafayette to face his charges.

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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