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For Immediate Release

January 14, 2014 Martin Gomez, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of Texas (956) 683-2400
Wanted Fugitives Captured in Edinburg, TX

Edinburg, TX – The United States Marshals-multi agency led Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force (GCVOFTF) announces the arrest of two fugitives wanted by law enforcement authorities in Oklahoma.

Edward Heath McCoy, 34, and Mathew Vernon McCoy, 34, are wanted by the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

On January 13, U.S. Marshals Investigators from Oklahoma City developed information that the fugitives were residing in the Edinburg area. The assistance from GCVOFTF McAllen Division was requested in an effort to locate and arrest them.

Investigators with the GCVOFTF observed a red Ford Ranger matching the description of a vehicle driven by the fugitives. Edward Heath McCoy and his cousin Mathew Vernon McCoy were subsequently located and arrested walking on a canal bank near the intersection of U.S. Hwy 281 and University Drive. The fugitives were subsequently transported to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and are awaiting extradition to Oklahoma.

As a result of the arrest, two AK-47 rifles, a 12 gauge shotgun and a 22 caliber handgun were recovered from the vehicle. In addition to the weapons, numerous rounds of ammunition and several loaded magazines were also seized.

The GCVOFTF is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department, ICE/Deportation and Removal Operations, McAllen PD, Mission PD, San Juan PD, Starr County Sheriff’s Department, TDCJ Office of Inspector General, Texas Department of Public safety, U.S. Marshals Service and Weslaco PD.

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