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For Immediate Release

September 17, 2013 DUSM Joe Palmer, Northern District of California (415) 730-5243
U.S. Marshals and Sheriff's Office Conduct Sex Offender Sweep
Contra Costa Sheriffs and U.S. Marshals Form Task Force and Hit the Streets, Targeting Sex Offenders

Contra Costa County, CA – Beginning Thursday, September 12, 2013, U.S. Marshals Deputies, Contra Costa Sheriffs Deputies, and a host of partner agencies, began a county-wide sex offender sweep, targeting individuals who were wanted for various crimes as well as performing compliance checks.

During the course of the operation, which concluded over the weekend, eight wanted sex offenders were arrested. An additional 70 compliance checks were performed by law enforcement.

Participating agencies included the U.S. Marshals Service, Contra Costa County Sheriff, FBI, California Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Team (FAT), Contra Costa County Probation, Alameda County Sheriff, Santa Clara County Sheriff SAFE, and the California Highway Patrol.

“As the primary federal agency charged with sexual offender compliance, it is the duty of the U.S. Marshals Service to be proactive with our enforcement efforts.” said U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of California. “In this case, we were able to combine several federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies into one team with one mission. Everybody wants our streets to be safe for our families. As a community, we have, and will continue, to be diligent in our efforts to enforce compliance with all laws, and remove those individuals from society who choose to not comply.”

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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