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For Immediate Release

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May 18, 2018 James Tapp, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Missouri (314) 539-2290
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U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Tackles Violent Crime in St. Louis Region
St. Louis, MO - U.S. Marshal William Sibert of the Eastern District of Missouri, joined by Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal James Tapp, announced today an ongoing effort to arrest individuals with outstanding state and federal felony warrants for gun and drug offenses during the the operation. In all, 154 fugitives from justice were arrested during the first week of the initiative.

Participating in the effort were 115 officers and agents from the U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Social Security Administration, Homeland Security, St. Louis Metropolitan Police, St. Louis County Police, St. Charles County Police, St. Ann Police, Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri Department of Public Safety and Missouri State Highway Patrol, Florissant Police, Hazelwood Police, and Richmond Heights Police.

The operation, conceived jointly by the U.S. Marshals Service and all participating agencies, is part of a sweeping plan to focus on violent crime, drug organizations, sex offenders, and gang members with active felony warrants. Over 200 active felony warrants were cleared by arrest during the operation. Authorities have seized 23 illegally possessed or stolen firearms, a half ounce of suspected heroin and ecstasy, and 2 lbs of marijuana, from fugitives. The emphasis on taking violent offenders off the street will continue throughout the summer and beyond.

“On a daily basis, Deputy U.S. Marshals work with local, state, and federal partners to remove violent criminals from our communities. We do not want the City of St. Louis and surrounding communities to be defined by violence. It is time for law enforcement, community leaders, and our citizens to work together to raise the quality of life in our neighborhoods.” said Eastern District of Missouri Chief Deputy Brent Broshow.

Public Safety Director Jimmie M. Edwards stated that he appreciates the partnership between federal law enforcement agencies and the City of St. Louis.

“I am grateful to all of the law enforcement agencies that participated in helping to make the City of St. Louis safe,” said Edwards. “I applaud the very successful efforts to arrest wanted people in our region. We are very serious about addressing crime in the City of St. Louis.”

“If you have an outstanding felony warrant, now is the time to turn yourself in,” said U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen of the Eastern District of Missouri.

"This initiative is another example that shows the value of collaboration," said Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn of the FBI St. Louis Division. "The FBI will continue to work closely with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to take violent offenders off the streets of St. Louis."

“We remain committed to working with our law enforcement partners to remove dangerous criminals, guns and drugs from Missouri, as evidenced by our resources dedicated to this operation.” said Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

ATF Special Agent in Charge George H. Lauder agreed. “This operation was a great success and a true team effort by all the participating agencies,” said Lauder. “Our collective efforts are squarely focused for the betterment of the St. Louis community and this operation is just the latest example. We look forward to the continuing partnership with law enforcement and the community.”

Governor Eric Greitens commended the hard work of the law enforcement officers working to make the city’s streets safe for its citizens.

“This effort is the result of hard work, determined vision, and the ability of our front-line officers to courageously execute this mission. City, state, and federal leaders, who truly care about the safety of our citizens, came together to get this done,” said Greitens. “This month, as we memorialize fallen police officers, we are especially grateful that this bold task has been accomplished, so far, without officer casualties. Missouri’s streets are safer today because of their work, and this team is not done.”

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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