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For Immediate Release

April 05, 2013 Deputy U.S. Marshal Joe Palmer (415) 436-7660
Four Year Run From The Law Ends With Arrest

Berkeley, CA – United States Marshal Don O’Keefe is proud to announce the arrest of John David Beck of Fort Bragg, CA. Beck was arrested today in Berkeley, CA.

Beck was convicted in 2005 in Richmond, VA, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. He was released in 2006. While on federal probation, Beck returned to Mendocino County, CA. In 2009, the Mendocino County Sheriff COMMET (
County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team) served several state search warrants on Beck’s properties in Mendocino County and seized over 600 marijuana plants, as well as 10 pounds of processed marijuana. The U.S. District Court issued a no bail warrant for Beck for violation of his supervised release conditions, and the California Superior Court for Mendocino County issued a state felony warrant for Beck alleging violation of the state health and safety code. Beck absconded from supervision and remained a fugitive from justice until today.

Earlier this afternoon, Deputy U.S. Marshals identified a residence on Slater Lane in Berkeley were they believed Beck was hiding. As he exited the residence, Deputy US Marshals moved in, and Beck attempted to flee on foot. However, Beck was unsuccessful in his attempt to evade arrest, and was captured a short distance away. Beck is currently being held at the Alameda County Glenn Dyer Facility in Oakland, CA, pending an appearance in federal court.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the United States. The U.S. Marshals Service regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.

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