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A Week in the Life of a Deputy U.S. Marshal

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Today I’m teaming up with Deputy Smith and we are going to be flying up to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to extradite (to take custody of a criminal from the Canadian Government) a subject that is wanted on federal murder charges in the Eastern District of Washington.  Some of the countries you get to fly to are very interesting and others you are glad to be back home from, upon completing the assignment.   Deputy Smith and I are at the airport in Spokane by 0400 (4:00 am) in order to catch our flight at 0600 (6:00 am).  The flight to Calgary should be about 2 hours.  Once we arrive at Calgary, we are met by representatives of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).  They escort us to an office they share with Canadian Immigration at the airport.  Within the office is a holding cell with security walls around it.  We are met by other officials of the Canadian Government and start our paperwork.  

Once we complete our paperwork, we trade agency pins and patches with our hosts.  This is a custom that usually happens at every extradition exchange.  Some deputies receive copies of actual law enforcement badges from other countries. 

We next meet the prisoner who is located in a holding cell within the office.  I search his clothes that he will be wearing for any possible contraband (hidden items).  I place restraints (handcuffs, waist chains, and leg irons) on the prisoner and we head out of the office with several RCMPs.  We are escorted through immigration and our visas are checked along with identification of our prisoner.  Deputy Smith and I are put onto the plane and await take off.  The prisoner thus far has been cooperative which always makes for a more pleasant trip. 

When we reach Spokane, we are met by other deputies and we escort the prisoner into the waiting Marshals Service van.  We take the prisoner to the jail and book him.  After arriving at the office we complete yet more paperwork.  Tomorrow, the extradited prisoner will see the Magistrate judge on an initial appearance and be told by the judge the reason for the arrest, his constitutional rights, appointed a lawyer, and given a chance to be heard on bail/bond issues (if he will be released or sent to prison until the trial).

I look forward to tomorrow because we are going to be working with the County doing some controlled buy/busts (this is watching for illegal drugs being sold and then making an arrest).

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