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For Immediate Release

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December 12, 2011 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
Chatham County Fugitive Arrested

SERFTF logoSavannah, GA A Chatham County man wanted on multiple drug charges was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Okeechobee, Florida on December 10, 2011.

Michael J. Cheuvront, 55, was wanted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department on a 2006 indictment warrant for the offenses of Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent Ephedrine/Pseudoephrine/Phen, Possession of Tools for the Commission of a Crime, and Possession of Controlled Substances. The case was referred to the U.S. Marshals Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Cheuvront in 2009.

An investigation was initiated by the Marshals Task Force in the Savannah and surrounding area to find Cheuvront in 2009. Initial indications were that Cheuvront had possibly gone into South Carolina. The case has been an ongoing investigation since 2009. Cheuvront was able to avoid capture until a break came during the week of December 5, 2011. In a joint investigation conducted by the GBI , Bryan County Sheriff’s Department, and the Marshals Task Force a new address was developed in the Okeechobee, Florida area for Cheuvront. The Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force sent the information to the Orlando Office of the Marshals Service Florida/Caribbean Regional Task Force for assistance. In the early morning hours of Saturday, December 10, 2011, members of the Florida Regional Task Force set up surveillance on the address provided by the Savannah Task Force. The Florida Task Force members positively identified Cheuvront in the yard of the residence. After a short time Cheuvront and female thought to be his spouse got into a Dodge Durango and left the residence. Upon leaving the residence, Florida Task Force members conducted a traffic stop and arrested Cheuvront without incident. Cheuvront was taken to the Osceola OCunty Jial to await extradition proceedings to send him back to Georgia. This is case is an excellent example of the interagency cooperation between state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies to take fugitives off the street.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined.

The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices: Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah. The task force covers the whole state of Georgia. The Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of investigators from the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, the Georgia Board of pardons and Paroles, and the United States Marshals Service. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. In 2010, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 81,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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

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