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For Immediate Release

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June 03, 2012 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
Macon Fugitive Captured

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA – A man wanted by ATF in Macon, Georgia on a charge of Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Hazelhurst Police Department and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole on July 2, 2012.

Eric Sumner, 28, was wanted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in a warrant issued in June of 2012 for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. The case was referred to the U.S. Marshals’ Office in Macon, Georgia. Leads were generated by the Macon Marshals that indicated that Sumner was living in Hazelhurst, Georgia. This information was forwarded to the Savannah U.S. Marshals Task Force. The Hazelhurst Police Department was very familiar with Sumner. On July 2, 2012, with the assistance of the Hazelhurst Police Department and a Parole Officer from the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, Savannah Task Force Officers arrested Sumner in Hazelhurst, Georgia without incident. Sumner was transported to Macon, Georgia for his court appearance.

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. In 2011, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 86,000 state and local fugitives, which cleared over 113,000 warrants.

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, the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department, 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.

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

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