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For Immediate Release

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February 11, 2011 Ross Wilber, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 214-1597
U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Wanted Methamphetamine Manufacture in Wooster, Ohio

NOVFTF LogoMansfield, OHOn the morning of February 11, 2011, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force – Richland County Division arrested Anthony Primm, age 38, at a motel in the 2100 block of East Lincoln Way, Wooster, Ohio. Primm was wanted by the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office on a bench warrant for violating the terms of his bond after he did not show up for sentencing on January 07, 2011 in Ashland County Common Pleas Court. Primm had previously pled guilty to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, a felony of the third degree.

Task Force Officers received information several weeks ago that Primm and his associates frequent the motels in that area of Wooster. On the morning of February 11, 2011 an alert Task Force Officer observed a vehicle registered to an associate of Primm’s parked at a local motel. Task Force Officers from the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office were called in to assist in the investigation. Contact was made with the occupants of the room and Primm was found hiding under one of the beds. Task Force Officers also discovered in the room a loaded 9mm handgun, an undetermined amount of a white substance believed to be methamphetamine, and materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Additional materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were also located in the trunk of the associate’s vehicle. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation into the new drug and weapon charges on Primm and the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency responded to the scene to properly handle and collect the hazardous materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Primm was transported to the Ashland County Jail.

Captain Carl Richert, of the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office stated, “This type of case is exactly why our Sheriff’s Office partnered up with the U.S. Marshals. When a dangerous felon goes on the run, members of the Task Force can combine resources to bring that individual to justice. In this case we were able to bring Primm back to Ashland County to face sentencing and we took a gun and a meth lab of the streets, making our community a little bit safer.”

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a known fugitive is 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, Butler Police Department, 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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