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For Immediate Release

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September 04, 2012 DUSM Jose A. Figueroa, District of Puerto Rico
Public Affairs Officer (939) 397-6099
U.S. Marshals Capture a Most Wanted Fugitive

San Juan, PR – A major fugitive wanted on federal charges for his alleged participation in a major drug organization has been arrested by the U.S. Marshals Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force in Guayama, Puerto Rico.

Javier Morales Andreu, also known as “Gadget”, was being sought on a federal warrant issued in the District of Puerto Rico. He had been a fugitive from justice since 2011, when a federal Grand Jury returned an indictment charging him with conspiracy, aiding and abetting, weapons violations and narcotics distribution.

The arrest was conducted in the early morning hours of Sept. 4, 2012, when U.S. Marshals from the Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force assisted by Puerto Rico State Police officers from Guayama made entry into the fugitives residence located in the Comunidad Carite Ward, Cafeito sector.

During the arrest, two Glock .40 caliber pistols and one Beretta nine millimeter pistol was seized. Also seized was a small quantity of alleged narcotics, a vehicle, motorcycle, and $80,000 dollars in U.S. currency. Javier Morales Andreu is currently being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Guaynabo, PR awaiting court proceedings.

"The U.S. Marshals Service will continue to hunt fugitives, find them, and make sure that they face their charges in court" said Orlando Rivera, U.S. Marshal for the District of Puerto Rico.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of approximately 34,000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.

The U.S. Marshals Service led Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force is composed of law enforcement officers from the San Juan Municipal Police Department, the Puerto Rico State Police, the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections, the Puerto Rico State Treasury Department, the Puerto Rico Bureau of Investigation, the Puerto Rico National Guard and the United States Marshals Service.

The objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders. Last year, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 27,000 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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