Cincinnati, OH – Cathy J. Jones, United
States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, announced today that Devant
Terrell Geter has been arrested by the U.S. Marshals led Southern Ohio Fugitive
Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST). Geter was wanted for Escape on an arrest
warrant from September 13, 2008. Geter was serving a 14 year sentence for
Possession with Intent to Distribute in Excess of 500 mg of Cocaine and
Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon when he escaped from the federal
penitentiary in Marion, Illinois.
Following an extensive investigation, SOFAST developed information that Geter
was traveling in and out of the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Their investigation
eventually led them to the Cincinnati Greyhound Bus Station where they observed
Geter arriving on one of the busses. Geter was quickly surrounded and taken into
custody without incident. When confronted by SOFAST, Geter provided false
identification. Further investigation revealed Geter had been using this
identity to elude law enforcement for the past 3 years. Geter was booked into
the Hamilton County Justice Center where he will await extradition back to the
Southern District of Illinois.
Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Pat Sedoti praised the multi-agency cooperative effort
and teamwork that resulted in last night’s arrest. “Our task force will continue
to aggressively pursue violent fugitives who think they can elude justice by
absconding to Ohio.”
SOFAST is a multi-jurisdictional task force comprised of the U.S. Marshals
Service, the Cincinnati Police Department, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, and
the Warren County Prosecutors Office.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s primary fugitive hunting organization
and captures more federal fugitives each year than all other law enforcement
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