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For Immediate Release

Nicholas Bonifazi, Deputy U.S. Marshal

Northern District of Iowa
Cedar Rapids, IA
(319) 362-4411

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699

Narcotics Trafficker/Fugitive Located Hiding in Rural Iowa

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Multi-state man hunt ends in Eastern Iowa

Cedar Rapids, IA – U.S. Marshals arrested in Zwingle today an Illinois man who was wanted on federal charges out of Springfield, Missouri.

Untavious Davenport, 39, has been wanted by the U.S. Marshals on charges of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl since June of 2020. Davenport was indicted by a grand jury in the Western District of Missouri on June 23, 2020.

On June 30, 2020, the Drug Enforcement Administration requested the assistance of U.S. Marshals in the fugitive investigation, and the U.S. Marshals Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force in Springfield, Missouri, adopted the case and began the hunt for Davenport.

U.S. Marshals quickly developed information indicating Davenport had fled the area and tracked Davenport to the greater Chicago area. At that time Marshals with the Chicago Strike Force, a multi-agency organization under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), conducted a local investigation into the potential whereabouts of Davenport. Over the next several months, Marshals tracked Davenport through numerous states. In mid June 2021, Marshals believed Davenport had traveled into eastern Iowa, in an attempt to evade detection. Members of the Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force, working with the Dubuque Drug Task Force, developed a likely location for Davenport in a rural setting just north of Zwingle.

After days of surveillance, Marshals identified Davenport outside of a farmhouse. Shortly after 4 p.m., June 23, Marshals from Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri, assisted by the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office and the Dubuque Drug Task Force, took Davenport into custody without incident. Davenport was transported to the Linn County Correctional Center in Cedar Rapids, where he awaits extradition to the Western District Missouri.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government's primary agency for fugitive investigations. Nationwide, 60 local task forces are dedicated to violent crime reduction by locating and apprehending wanted criminals. These task forces also serve as the central point for agencies to share information on fugitive matters. The Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force comprises officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Linn County Sheriff's office, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Waterloo Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Iowa Department of Corrections.

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

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