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For Immediate Release

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December 05, 2012 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
New Mexico Most Wanted Sex Offender Arrested

Albuquerque, NM - The United States Marshal Service in New Mexico arrested Henderson Burke Jr. near Shiprock, NM yesterday. Burke was wanted on federal charges of failure to register as a sex offender.

Investigators placed Burke on the New Mexico’s Most Wanted Program last week and developed information that he was staying near Shiprock, NM on the Navajo Nation. Investigators working with local and tribal police in the Shiprock area developed information that Burke was in a residence off Old Truck Route Road. Deputies and Task Force Officers with the Marshals Service Southwest Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) Task Force approached the residence and were able to take Burke into custody without incident. Burke will be held in one of the Marshals Service contract jails pending his appearance before a Federal Judge.

All sex offender investigations in the District of New Mexico are facilitated by the Districts Sex Offender Investigations Coordinator (SOIC). The Sex Offender Investigations Coordinator (SOIC) is the Point of Contact (POC) for non-compliant sex offender related issues within the District. The SOIC works closely with local, state, tribal and territorial authorities in the location and apprehension of non-compliant sex offenders. The SOIC investigates violations of 18 U.S.C 2250 (Failure to Register) and assists with identification of sex offenders relocated as a result of a major disaster. The SOIC responds to requests for assistance from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The District of New Mexico’s SOIC and the other dedicated sex offender investigators have been instrumental in implementing Marshal Service policies and coordinating operations such as “Operation Complete Clean Up.” “Operation Complete Clean Up”, was a four month long sex offender verification operation, which concluded August 31, 2012. The operation was a New Mexico wide effort to verify that every sex offender located in the State, including Tribal and Pueblo lands, was in compliance with applicable federal and state law. These compliance checks included verifications of places of residence, work, and school locations if the offender was attending a post-secondary educational program. The main goal of the operation was simple; to verify offender compliance ensuring the safety and security of the public and to offer assistance to County, Tribal and Pueblo jurisdictions in completing this public safety task.

United States Marshal Conrad E. Candelaria said “The Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico and its New Mexico’s Most Wanted Program is successful because of the many partners that define the law enforcement community in New Mexico. A common theme that leads to the successful apprehension of dangerous and violent fugitives is due to the effective partnerships which emphasizes effective intelligence gathering and sharing, which is evident in this latest arrest”.

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

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