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For Immediate Release

October 19, 2012 Dominic Guadagnoli
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Task Force Catch Two Wanted Escambia Fugitives; Marijuana and Crack Seized

Pensacola, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested two wanted men; one hiding under bed sheets and the other trying to hide drugs. Earlier today Mario Deoandre Copeland was captured in the Ensley area of Pensacola. Copeland, 27, who has an extensive criminal history, was found hiding at a home on the 400 Block of Action Road. The Marshals Task Force determined that Copeland was presently in the house at 2 o’clock pm, and Task Force Officers from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office knocked on the front door and called to Copeland to come out. Officers had to breach the door of the home after knocking several more times and saw someone inside wouldn’t open the door. The Escambia County TAC Unit, K9 and Air Unit also assisted in Copeland’s arrest. Copeland is wanted in Escambia County for Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Fleeing/Eluding and Probation Violation for Possession of Cocaine. Copeland is one of several suspects who allegedly ran from law enforcement after a felony car stop back in late August. Inside the car a .45 Caliber handgun was recovered on the front seat. A 100 round magazine for an AK-47 assault rifle was also found in the woods in which he ran to. Recent information was received by authorities that Copeland supposedly made statements that he was going to shoot an officer. Copeland is in Escambia County jail being held without bond.

Yesterday, Task Force members from the Marshals, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, a K9 Unit and special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms apprehended 29 year old Robert Rufus Ball Jr. who was wanted for Failure to Register as a Convicted Sex Offender. At 3:15 p.m., Task Force Officers saw Ball run inside a home they were approaching on the 900 block of Belair Road. They knocked and Ball would not open the door. Officers went inside and found Ball trying to hide a plastic shopping bag of marijuana in a toilet tank. When Ball didn’t comply with officers requests to yield, they discovered he was trying to swallow crack cocaine. Officers were able to prevent him from doing that and arrested him. Ball faces new charges of Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana more than 20 grams and Resisting Arrest without Violence. Approximately 63 grams of marijuana was found with a said street value of over $500 and 9.3 grams of crack cocaine worth about $900. Ball was taken to the Escambia County Jail and held on no bond as well.

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