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
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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