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For Immediate Release

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August 24, 2012 Chris Bozeman, Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
Deputy U.S. Marshal/ Public Information Officer (PIO)
Western District of Texas – San Antonio (210) 271-2507
“Operation Heatwave” Over, But Arrests Still Being Made
Featured Fugitive Captured

LSFTF LogoSan Antonio, TX – Eddie Garza Jr., 40, was arrested yesterday by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in San Antonio without incident. An arrest warrant was issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Board of Pardon and Parole, where it is alleged that Garza violated the conditions of his parole.

Earlier this month, Garza was a featured fugitive during “Operation Heatwave.” “Operation Heatwave”, a fugitive round-up, comprised of city, county, state, and federal law enforcement officers, targeted approximately 350 fugitives with outstanding felony warrants. During their investigation, task force officers determined that Garza was residing in an apartment on the south side of San Antonio. Task force officers entered the residence and Garza was immediately arrested.

Garza is currently being held in Bexar County Jail without bond.

In 1990, Garza, a member of the Texas Mexican Mafia, was charged with shooting a man and served 20 years in a state penitentiary. He was later released on parole. Garza allegedly violated the conditions of his parole by absconding and failing to meet with his parole officer. Garza has a criminal history that includes attempted murder, possession of narcotics, weapons violations, and burglary.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “This arrest displays the continued success of fugitive round-ups, such as “Operation Heatwave”. There are more fugitives out there and we will stay on their heels until they are caught.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

  • San Antonio Police Department
  • San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
  • Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
  • Comal County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
  • Texas Office of The Attorney General
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General
  • U.S. Marshals Service

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

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