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For Immediate Release

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April 01, 2011 Deputy Frank Newsom, Eastern District of California
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Texas Fugitive Arrested by Deputy U.S. Marshals in Brownsville, California

Sacramento, CA - U.S. Marshal Albert Najera of the Eastern District of California announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Cecil Clarence Billings in Brownsville, Yuba County, California.

Billings had been sought by the Department of Homeland Security on a Federal warrant in January 2011 for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and hashish. The Department of Homeland Security requested the U.S. Marshals assistance in locating and arresting Billings. Investigation by the Northern District of Texas placed Billings at his live in wife’s house in Brownsville, California. Surveillance by the Central Valley Joint Fugitive Task Force (CVJFTF) confirmed Billings’s presence today at the residence. Investigators took Billings into custody without incident. Billings was transported to Sacramento County Jail and is awaiting removal to the Northern District of Texas.

The Central Valley Joint Fugitive Task Force is a U.S. Marshals-sponsored partnership comprised of investigators from the California Department of Corrections and the U.S. Marshals Service. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. More fugitives are arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined. In 2009 investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals Service resulted in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives and more than 90,000 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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