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For Immediate Release

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May 18, 2011 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina
803-765-5479

U.S. Marshals Arrest 3 Out of State Fugitives in 24 Hours

Columbia, SC- Operation Intercept (OPIN) the U.S. Marshals led fugitive apprehension task force arrested three fugitives within the last 24 hours stemming from requests from the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SRFTF) in GA, Capital Area Task Force (CARTF) in Washington, DC, and the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) in Gainesville, FL.

 

Henry Quintanilla is wanted by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department for the alleged offenses of Sexual Battery on a Minor, Theft, Aggravated Sodomy, and Aggravated Assault stemming from warrants issued on May 5, 2011.  The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the U.S. Marshals SRFTF in Atlanta on May 17 in the location and apprehension of Quintanilla.  Information obtained by SRFTF was immediately forwarded to OPIN where surveillance was set up at a local hotel in the Columbia area and Deputy U.S. Marshals and task force officers observed Quintanilla entering a hotel room and was taken into custody without incident around 6:30 pm Tuesday.   Quintanilla was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn detention center where he awaits court proceedings.

 

Jerry L. Cole is wanted by the District of Columbia Superior Court for Failure to Appear for Sentencing on January 8, 2011.  Cole was to be sentenced for the underlying offense of Carrying a Pistol without a License-Outside Home/Business.  The CARTF task force developed information Cole had fled to the Columbia area and requested assistance from OPIN on May 16.  Deputy U.S. Marshals and task force officers in Columbia followed Cole as he walked down D Avenue in West Columbia and placed him into custody without incident on around 1:30pm today.  Cole was transported to the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse where he will was arraigned and advised he will be returned to Washington, DC to face his outstanding charges.  Cole will be house at Lexington County Detention Center until his return the Washington, DC.  

 

Eddie Oliver is wanted by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office for a Probation Violation stemming from the underlying offense of Obstruction of Justice.  Alachua County requested FRFTF for assistance in locating and apprehending Oliver on May 6.  Deputy Marshals in Florida developed information leading them to believe Oliver had fled to the Aiken, SC area.  OPIN was contacted on May 17 for their assistance in apprehending Oliver. A task force officer assigned to OPIN and Aiken City Police Officers set up surveillance near a residence on Horry Street.  Oliver was observed smoking a cigarette on the porch of one of the homes and OPIN and Aiken Police surrounded the residence took him into custody without incident.  Oliver was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center where he will await extradition hearings.

 

Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina, stated: “The fast response by all law enforcement agencies involved have again proven fruitful in the location and apprehension of wanted fugitives in South Carolina.  I applaud every officer and Deputy Marshal that worked these cases within the last 24 hours to bring these violent fugitives to justice.  This shows how dedicated our law enforcement community is to closing the door on wanted fugitives.”

 

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2010, the Marshals arrested more than 36,100 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 11,072 sex offenders.  Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 81,900 state and local fugitives, clearing 108,200 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period. More information about the Marshals and other South Carolina fugitives can be found on the web at www.usmarshals.gov.