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February 15, 2013 DUSM John Lopez, District of Columbia (202) 536-7871
U.S. Marshals Arrest Suspected Heroin Ringleader

Washington – Deputy U.S. Marshals arrested Friday a fugitive wanted on an outstanding federal warrant as part of a large drug conspiracy in the D.C. Metro area.

Jerry Baptiste is accused of being the ringleader of a notorious heroin network in Washington, D.C., and Prince Georges County, Md.. Baptiste’s charges include conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense.

In November 2012, U.S. Marshals assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an arrest operation in which multiple subjects were sought. One of the targets of the investigation, Baptiste, eluded authorities. The FBI requested assistance by a Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to the FBI Safe Streets Task Force in the apprehension of Baptiste. After a 3-month-long investigation a team of deputies tracked down Baptiste in Southeast Washington, D.C., and arrested him without incident.

“I’m extremely proud of my deputy marshals for their persistence and efforts that led to the capture of this dangerous fugitive,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia Edwin Sloane.

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 the Marshals than all other federal agencies combined.

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

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