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For Immediate Release

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October 19, 2009 Southern District of Ohio
Dan DeVille (614)469-5540
Fugitive Arrested in Arizona

Columbus, OH – Cathy J. Jones, United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, announced today that Marco Medina has been arrested.

In August of 2004, United States District Court Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. issued a warrant for Medina’s arrest. The warrant charged Medina with Conspiracy and Possession with Intent to Distribute over one hundred kilograms of marijuana. If convicted of these charges, Medina faces 5 to 40 years in prison, according to Assistant United States Attorney David DeVillers.

For the past five years, the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) and Deputy United States Marshals in Arizona continued to pursue leads regarding the whereabouts of Medina. On October 16, 2009, these efforts culminated with the arrest of Medina in Tucson Arizona.

Marshal Jones stated “The investigative efforts of SOFAST and the U.S. Marshals Task Force in Tucson highlight the commitment and persistence needed to capture fugitives regardless of where they may try to run or the length of time they are in hiding. “

SOFAST is a multi-agency fugitive apprehension team comprised of the following law enforcement agencies in the Columbus area: U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, City of Columbus Division of Police, Worthington Police Department, Grove City Police Department, Reynoldsburg Police Department, Lancaster Police Department, City of Columbus Division of Fire, State of Ohio Adult Parole Authority, State of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the South Bloomfield Police Department.

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

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