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For Immediate Release

May 23, 2012 U.S. Marshal Robert ‘Bobby’ Mathieson,
Eastern District of Virginia (757) 963-5990
U.S. Marshals Service Operation Spring Sting

Exmore, VA - On May 22-23, 2012, the U.S. Marshals Service, Eastern District of Virginia, Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, Northampton County Sheriff’s Office and the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office executed a multi-jurisdictional fugitive apprehension operation, dubbed Operation Spring Sting, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The U.S. Marshals Service Mobile Command Center was mobilized to the town of Exmore, VA, where it served as the central command post for the operation.

More than 50 law enforcement officers, including Virginia State Police, Accomack Sheriff’s Office, Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, Eastern Shore Drug Task Force, Exmore Police Department, DEA, Homeland Security Investigations, Cape Charles Police Department and surrounding state, local and federal law enforcement agencies performed a two-day fugitive apprehension round-up.

The sweep involved fugitives that were wanted for offenses such as drugs, sex offender violations, robbery, rape, grand larceny, theft and miscellaneous misdemeanor offenses. Operation Spring Sting encompassed areas on the Eastern Shore that included Northampton and Accomack counties.

Operation Spring Sting’s goal was to combat the crime and violence on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The two-day operation represents the commitment of law enforcement to reduce violent crime through a multi-agency enforcement operation.

“This was a tremendous team effort and we give credit to the cooperation of all agencies involved in making this a successful round-up” said Robert “Bobby” Mathieson, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia.

As a result of the two-day operation, a total of over 63 warrants were closed. This coordinated operation employed a systematic and sustained approach to reduce violent crime on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. It illustrates the U.S. Marshals Service’s vital law enforcement strategy, which dedicates itself to join anti-crime resources with federal, state, and local partners, utilizing each agency’s expertise to remove violent offenders from our streets.

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