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For Immediate Release

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August 22, 2018

Jeffrey White, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal

District of New Hampshire (603) 387-6308;

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Arrests 'Fugitive of the Week' in Windham, Maine

NHJFTF LogoConcord, NH – Michael Mendoza, 34, had been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on August 15th. After this feature, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force from both New Hampshire and Maine worked tirelessly together to locate and arrest, Mendoza. Mendoza was wanted on multiple outstanding arrest warrants from both New Hampshire and Maine, including; a parole violation on an original charge of cocaine sales, criminal threatening and trafficking narcotics. Today, this cross-border team-work paid off. Mendoza was located in a vehicle in Windham, Maine by the Marshals Fugitive Task Force and arrested without incident.

Just one week ago, Mendoza was featured as the “Fugitive of the Week,” which was aired on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Manchester Information, the Manchester Ink Link and prominently featured on the internet. The “Fugitive of the Week” has been a very successful tool that has resulted in the location and arrest of numerous fugitives since its implementation in 2007. Additionally, the “Fugitive of the Week” is distributed statewide to all law enforcement officers.

It was due to the seemingly endless tips that came into the US Marshals combined with the hard work of investigators that led to surveillance in Windham, Maine this morning. During surveillance, Mendoza was spotted as a passenger in a car. The Marshals Fugitive Task Force stopped at the car at the Windham rotary and safely arrested Mr. Mendoza. At the time of arrest, Mendoza was found to be in possession of a large amounts of narcotics, cash and drug packaging materials, which resulted in a new narcotics trafficking charge for Mendoza trafficking. Also in the vehicle was, Brian Higgins, 38, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Mr. Higgins was found to be in possession of narcotics and was also arrested and turned over to the Maine State Police.

These arrests were made by several members of the US Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Force & the Maine Violent Offenders Task Force, including; Belknap, Hillsborough, Rockingham, & Strafford County Sheriff’s Offices, Federal Protective Service, Greenfield Police Department, Maine State Police, deputy US Marshals, along with assistance provided by the Windham (ME) Police Department.

Both Mendoza and Higgins were transported to the Penobscot County (ME) Jail for processing and holding on their new charges and outstanding arrest warrants.

 U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr., said “The US Marshals Service has offices, deputies and task force officers around the country and around the world.” Cargill continued, “today’s arrest of Mendoza is just one of the countless examples of cooperation between agencies and the ability of the U.S. Marshals Service to cross state lines to pursue and arrest fugitives, so they may face justice.”

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 7,253 arrests (Updated as of 04/29/2018). These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 8 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.
 
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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