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For Immediate Release

March 14, 2014 Gretchen Fortin, Deputy U. S. Marshal
Northern District of Georgia (404) 576-2895;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
North Georgia Fugitive Wanted for Murder Found in Miami after Five Years on the Run

Atlanta, GA – On February 20, Kenneth Darnell Smith was located and apprehended by the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) in Miami after being on the run for five years. Smith was wanted by the DeKalb County Police Department for murder and by the U.S. Marshals Service in Atlanta for violating the conditions of his supervised release. Smith had several identities and used them at different times to avoid apprehension by the authorities, making it difficult to locate him under just one name.

Smith was not a stranger to the federal system; prior to these offenses he was convicted of dangerous drug charges in 1997 and served 10 years in federal prison. He was on federal supervision when he was accused of murder in DeKalb County.

Smith has a violent history and was considered to be armed and dangerous. Not only was he named in a murder in Lithonia, Georgia but also as a person of interest in two other murder investigations in which there were three victims; one in the Boston, MA area and two others in Los Angeles, CA.

The Marshals Service in Atlanta requested the assistance of FRFTF to locate and arrest Smith. Smith was located at the Z Hotel on South Beach where he was taken into custody without further incident.
Smith was extradited to Atlanta and is currently housed in the DeKalb County Jail.

This arrest was made possible by members of the U.S. Marshals Service in Atlanta, Boston, Tactical Operations Group in Boston, the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and the arrest teams in Florida, FRFTF, Dade County Police Department SWAT, Dade County Sheriff’s Office, Broward County Sheriff’s Office and Miami Police Department, South Beach Division.

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