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For Immediate Release

October 14, 2011 James A. Cunfer, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Pennsylvania (570) 346-7277
U.S. Marshals Arrest Federal Fugitive in Olyphant
Narcotics seized / Luzerne County fugitive also arrested

Scranton, PA – Almost 18 months after being charged in U.S. District Court in Scranton, U.S. Marshals have located and arrested Amy Sims. Acting United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced her arrest today in Olyphant, Pennsylvania.

On April 20, 2010, a federal arrest warrant was issued, charging Sims with Violation of Supervised Release. At the time, she was on supervision from two separate convictions in the Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA).

In November 2004, Sims was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Scranton on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. She received a 54-month prison sentence.

In January 2007, after pleading guilty to a federal charge of escape, Sims received a 4-month prison sentence.

In December 2009, Sims was released from federal prison.

On October 14 at approximately 9:00AM, U.S. Marshals located and arrested Sims at a 2nd floor apartment in the 100 block of Sanderson Avenue in Olyphant. Sims, 30 years of age, was also being sought by Luzerne County authorities for her failure to appear for sentencing on a charge of Hindering the Apprehension of a Fugitive.

While taking Sims into custody, U.S. Marshals found John Wiggins inside the apartment. Wiggins, 37 years of age and originally from Wilkes-Barre, was arrested as well. It was determined Wiggins was wanted by Luzerne County authorities on multiple warrants charging Delivery of Cocaine and Fleeing and Eluding an Officer.

Both Sims and Wiggins were arrested without incident. A substantial amount of cocaine was seized in the apartment. Further investigation is ongoing.

Acting United States Marshal Pane stated, “Although Sims was on the run for quite some time, the U.S. Marshals Service never slowed in its pursuit of her. Fugitives must know they can run, but they cannot hide. We will ensure they are ultimately brought to justice.”

U.S. Marshals Service personnel were assisted by several agencies that comprise its M/PA Fugitive Task Force. This included officers from the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office and a K9 officer, and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation & Parole. The Lackawanna County Detectives and Olyphant Police Department provided substantial assistance at the arrest scene.

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