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U.S. Marshals Arrest 260 in Southeast, WI

For immediate release

Scott Keller, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal

Eastern District of Wisconsin
(414) 297-3445

Between April 1, and June 30, 2024, the U.S. Marshals Service Eastern District of Wisconsin Fugitive Task Force, engaged in an operation labeled “Big Top” to target violent criminals in Southeast Wisconsin.  Operation Big Top focused enforcement activities occurring in four of the larger cities/urban areas of the district.  Our mission is to assist local law enforcement in reducing violent crime and creating safe communities for all who work, live, and recreate in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. While the Fugitive Task Force works every day on finding and arresting fugitives, this operation intensified the work to coincide with the months leading up to summer when we know there is an influx of visitors to these cities.
Operation Big Top resulted in the following:

  • Total Arrests:  260 (29 on Homicide)
  • Warrants Cleared: 437
  • Gang members: 28 
  • Firearms seized: 83
  • Narcotics seized: 132.8 kg
  • U.S. Currency seized: $84,547.00
  • Vehicles seized: 1

The U. S. Marshals Service of the Eastern District of Wisconsin would like to thank our partner agencies that have task force officers assigned and assisting in this operation, Milwaukee, Racine, and Wauwatosa Police Departments, Milwaukee and Waukesha Sheriffs Offices, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and Federal partners ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and HSI (Homeland Security Investigations).  “I could not be prouder of the collaborative work our Task Force does,” said U.S. Marshal Anna Ruzinski, “Day after day this group is relentless on hunting and arresting violent fugitives, while keeping the community and all involved safe. It does have a positive impact on combatting crime.”

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