NH – This afternoon, “Fugitive of the Week,” Samantha Smith,
31, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at an
apartment complex on Indian Brook Circle in Rochester, NH. Ms. Smith was
wanted on an arrest warrant issued out of the Rockingham County Superior
Court in Brentwood, NH for failing to appear on charges of possession of
cocaine and delivering of articles prohibited. These original charges
were brought, when Smith was allegedly found in possession of cocaine
and was arrested and brought to the Rockingham County Jail. When Smith
was inside the jail, she was searched and additional cocaine was found
on her person, which resulted in the second charge of delivering of
articles prohibited into a correctional facility or jail.
Smith was featured on June 5th as the “Fugitive of the Week.” This
feature 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, The Rochester Voice 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” was going to be
distributed statewide to all law enforcement officers.
being featured as the “Fugitive of the Week,” several viable tips came
in pointing to several locations throughout Strafford County for Smith.
Today’s arrest was a result of the dedicated efforts of the surveillance
teams that led to Smith’s location and arrest this afternoon. Smith was
observed exiting the apartment, at which time the team moved in to make
the arrest without any incident. Smith was transported directly to the
Rockingham County Jail, where she will be held without bail pending her
initial court appearance at a later time.
This arrest was
cooperative effort between several member agencies that comprise the US
Marshals – NH Joint Fugitive Task Forces including the; Rockingham, &
Strafford County Sheriff’s Offices, along with deputy US Marshals. This
cooperative effort combined with the fantastic assistance of the public
led to quick and safe arrest of Ms. Loranger today.
inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these
partnerships have resulted in over 7,475 arrests (Updated as of
12/10/2018). 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
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