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For Immediate Release

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May 02, 2014 John Sanchez, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Tennessee (865) 545-4182x261
Operation "Blazin' Fury" Keeps Sevier County Sex Offenders in Compliance

Knoxville, TN - From April 30 to May 1, U.S. Marshals from the Eastern District of Tennessee, along with Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force officers from the City of Knoxville and Blount County, assisted the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office in conducting its’ 2014 sex offender compliance operation. Dubbed “Operation Blazin Fury” officers conducted a county wide compliance and enforcement initiative to ensure sex offenders were following the guidelines of the sex offender registry. Throughout the two-day operation, officers conducted 86 sex offender compliance checks that resulted in the following:

Eight (8) sex offenders were arrested or detained for further investigation. The individuals were arrested for charges ranging from “Possession of Marijuana” and “Possession of Drug Paraphernalia” to “Felon in Possession of Weapons and/or Ammunition”.

Thirteen (13) firearms and approximately eight hundred (800) rounds of ammunition were confiscated.

One (1) marijuana growth was found and dismantled.

"We thank the U.S. Marshals Service and everyone involved. These officers’ hard work ensure the safety of our communities by making sure that sex offenders, especially ones from other states, understand they will not come to our county thinking that they can circumvent the law and endanger our children and our citizens" stated Sevier County Sheriff Ron L. Seals.

“The United States Marshals Service is appreciative of Sheriff Ron L. Seals’ leadership during the operation and the professionalism of the men and women of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office. These operations are critical to ensure sex offenders are following the sex offender registry guidelines and not reoffending in our communities” added Jimmy Fowler, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the U.S. Marshals Service apprehended 11,822 sex offenders, initiated 3,607 investigations, and issued 682 Federal Walsh Act Warrants for registration violations during fiscal year 2013.

Further information on the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force can be found at: http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/tn-e/taskforces/index.html

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

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