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For Immediate Release

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January 09, 2014 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire
(603) 225-1632
NH Fugitive of the Week Arrested by U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Fall River, MA

Concord, NH – Early this morning, members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Fugitive of the Week, Luis Felipe Rodriguez in Fall River, Mass. Rodriguez, 29, was last known to reside in one of the following areas; Taunton, Fall River, Mass. area and the Bangor, Maine, but his exact location was unknown until early this morning.

Rodriguez was being sought by the New Hampshire State Police on an outstanding arrest warrant for possession with intent to distribute both cocaine and heroin. These charges stem from a traffic stop in December, 2013 on I-95. This stop led the trooper to impound the vehicle until a search warrant was obtained. As a result of this search, cocaine and heroin, as well as evidence that it belonged to Rodriguez was discovered inside the car. Upon the issuance of the arrest warrant for Rodriguez, the NH State Police requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in an effort to locate and arrest Rodriguez out of state.

As part of the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive investigation, Rodriguez was aired this week as the 'Fugitive of the Week'. The 'Fugitive of the Week' is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch and is prominently featured on the internet. Information developed by investigators led the task force to Rodriguez's girlfriend’s apartment on Robeson Street in Fall River, Mass. During a search of this residence, Rodriguez was located and arrested without incident.

Rodriguez was turned over to the Fall River Police Department, where he will be processed as a fugitive from justice. Rodriguez will go to court today in Fall River District Court and will likely be held, pending his return to New Hampshire to face the possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin charges.

Several members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts participated in this arrest, including task force officers from the N.H., Maine, and Mass. State Police, officers from the Brockton and Fall River Police Departments, along with deputy U.S. Marshals from Mass.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,523 arrests. These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

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

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