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For Immediate Release

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January 25, 2011 Ross Wilber, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 214-1597
Tipster Leads U.S. Marshals Task Force to “Dangerous Dozen” Fugitive in Toledo

NOVFTF LogoMansfield, OH – On the morning of January 25, 2011, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force - Toledo Division arrested Jon Jefferson, age 34, at a family member’s home in Toledo, Ohio. Jefferson was wanted by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office on indictment for trafficking in drugs, by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for flight to avoid prosecution, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for dangerous drugs. The U.S. Marshals Task Force has been working the case since October and in November Jefferson was added to the Task Force’s Most Wanted “Dangerous Dozen.” No solid leads were developed until the Task Force released the January 2011 “Dangerous Dozen” update last week and Jefferson’s picture was profiled in the media again.

This exposure resulted in the Task Force receiving a tip which led them to a residence on the
300 block of Winthrop Road in Toledo. The Richland County Division of the Task Force relayed the information to the Toledo Division of the Task Force who immediately responded and located and arrested Jefferson at the residence. Task Force Officers found Jefferson hiding in the attic at the time of the arrest. Jefferson was transported to the Lucas County Jail to await extradition to Richland County

Jon Jefferson was one of the last 3 remaining fugitives from the 73 defendant, October METRICH roundup. Of the now remaining 2 fugitives, the U.S. Marshals Task Force believes that fugitives Ronnie Carter and Cleveland Snelling are still in the Mansfield/Columbus area.

Mansfield Police Chief Dino Sgambellone stated, “This is a great example of what we can accomplish when we merge resources and work together towards a common goal. With the task force tracking down these fugitives, it is just a matter of time before they are brought to justice.”


Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the above listed fugitives are encouraged
to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at: 1-866-4-WANTED. Callers may remain anonymous and a cash reward may be available. The Task Force’s “Dangerous Dozen” fugitives can be viewed at http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/fugitives/pdf/dangerous_dozen.pdf, which is updated monthly.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force - Richland County Division is composed of the following federal, state and local agencies: Ashland Police Department, Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, Bellville Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, Crestline Police Department, Galion Police Department, Lexington Police Department, Mansfield Municipal Probation, Mansfield Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ontario Police Department, Plymouth Police Department, Richland County Probation, Richland County Prosecutor’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.


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

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