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For Immediate Release

December 09, 2010 USMS Headquarters Public Affairs, (202) 307-9065
USM Kevin A. Carr (414) 297-3707
United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin announces the arrest of Gary Amaya

MILWAUKEE – Kevin A. Carr, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced the arrest of Gary Amaya.

Amaya was arrested today by authorities in El Salvador. The US Marshals, the US Department of State, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) worked closely over the past several weeks once the investigation focused on the country of El Salvador, where some of Amaya’s relatives reside. Amaya was deported by El Salvadoran Immigration Officials, and escorted to the United States by Deputy US Marshals.


Amaya had been charged in Milwaukee County with Cocaine Distribution, Aggravated Battery and Bail Jumping. On August 19, 2009 Amaya was convicted in Milwaukee County Court of Aggravated Battery and Mayhem. Amaya was then scheduled to be sentenced on October 29, 2009, but jumped bail.


The Milwaukee Police Department, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office and the US Marshals began the search in October of 2009. The US Attorney’s Office assisted the US Marshals in obtaining an Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution warrant (UFAP) on October 16, 2009 when leads were developed out of state.


Marshal Carr stated that “this is a good example of the multi-agency approach necessary to bring international fugitives to justice”.


Amaya now awaits extradition proceedings in Texas before being brought back to Wisconsin to face sentencing in connection with the charges.  For more information about the U.S. Marshals, visit

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