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For Immediate Release

July 08, 2013 Eastern District of Virginia (703) 837-5558
North Carolina Fugitive Captured by U.S. Marshals in Virginia

Richmond, VA – U.S. Marshal Bobby Mathieson announces the capture of Dwight Gooding. Gooding was wanted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Raleigh, NC for distribution of heroin.

Early last week, Henderson Police Department (HPD) in NC attempted to arrest Gooding. The suspect noticed the law enforcement approach and entered a vehicle. HPD police officers attempted to block the suspect vehicle's path of exit with marked police vehicles. It is alleged that Gooding then used his vehicle to ram through the police roadblock and elude law enforcement capture.

This fugitive was not able to elude police capture for long. The USMS for the Eastern District of North Carolina (E/NC) tracked Gooding to the Richmond, VA area. USMS E/NC quickly provided this information to the USMS for the Eastern District of Virginia (E/VA).

U.S. Marshals' investigators and task force officers (TFOs) within E/VA located Gooding this morning. Authorities followed the fugitive unnoticed as he drove away onto Interstate 85. Due to Gooding’s alleged propensity to elude police, Deputy U.S. Marshals contacted the Virginia State Police to assist in the arrest.

U.S. Marshals’ personnel and Troopers activated their emergency lights and sirens as the suspect entered exit ramp 65 of Interstate 85, just South of Petersburg, VA this morning. Gooding was blocked in by law enforcement vehicles and subsequently arrested without incident on exit 65 towards Squirrel Level Road in Petersburg at approximately 11:31 a.m.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested more than 36,300 federal fugitives and 86,700 state and local fugitives in fiscal year 2012. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country.

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