For Immediate Release
|March 22, 2013||
Stewart Cottingham, Supervisory Inspector
Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (912) 652-4200;
SDUSM Tommy Long, Supervisory Deputy
Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4200
|U.S. Marshals Get Their Man|
Savannah, GA – A Beech Island, SC man wanted by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office was arrested in Augusta, Georgia by the U. S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office on March 22, 2013.
Cornelius Antonio Cullum, 35, was wanted on South Carolina state charges for Distribution of Cocaine Base and Oxycodone. In August of 2012, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office conducted search warrants on various locations in their jurisdiction that led to the seizure of narcotics. This resulted in warrants being issued in August of 2012 against Cullum for the underlying offenses. Cullum had been a fugitive since that time. Through a joint effort, a fugitive investigation was initiated for Cullum by Aiken County and the U. S. Marshals Service.
The United States Marshals Service’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) was contacted by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service for the District of South Carolina for assistance in locating and apprehending Cullum. South Carolina authorities believed that he had fled to Augusta, Georgia.
On March 22, 2013, U. S. Marshals located Cullum at an address in Augusta, Georgia. After a brief standoff at the residence, U. S. Marshals and Richmond County Sheriff’s personnel located Cullum in the residence and arrested him without further incident. Cullum was transported to the Richmond County Jail to await extradition to South Carolina. Cullum has an extensive criminal history spanning Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. Cullum has previous arrests for Grand Larceny, Accessory, Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, Criminal Domestic Violence, Traffic Offenses, Weapon Offenses, Fleeing, Probation violations, and Parole violations.
Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for fugitive investigations. In fiscal year 2012, the Marshals apprehended 36,302 federal fugitives, clearing approximately 39,423 felony warrants. Marshals-led fugitive task forces arrested 86,704 state and local fugitives in FY 2012, clearing approximately 114,311 state and local felony warrants.
The U. S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF) was created by the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000. Congress recognized the U. S. Marshals expertise in tracking and apprehending dangerous fugitives and ordered the creation of regional fugitive task forces (RFTFs) in core cities throughout the country. Via this mandate, SERFTF was created in 2003 and has offices in Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah to assist state, county, and local agencies as a central investigative base to identify, locate and apprehend dangerous offenders.
In FY2011, SERFTF arrested over 3327 fugitives and cleared 4,949 warrants statewide in Georgia. Since its inception in 2003, SERFTF has sent 20,928 criminals to jail and cleared 31,630 warrants. Locally, the Savannah Division of SERFTF is composed of U. S. Marshals and state and local law enforcement officers from the Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Parole, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office, and the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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