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U.S. Marshals Capture Columbus Human Trafficking Suspect

For immediate release

Daniel DeVille, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal

Southern District of Ohio
Columbus, OH
(614) 469-5540

Columbus, OH – The U.S. Marshals Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) arrested Sarah Dotson on January 11, 2024.

Sarah Dotson was wanted by the Columbus Human Trafficking Task Force for Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Trafficking in Drugs, Possession of Drugs, Weapons Under Disability, Trafficking in Persons, Compel Prostitution, and Promoting Prostitution. Dotson was charged in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. The U.S. Marshal’s Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST) adopted the fugitive investigation. The Columbus Human Trafficking Task Force and SOFAST learned Dotson was likely still in the Columbus area. Dotson was safely apprehended in the 100 Block of Front Street, Groveport, Ohio. Dotson is now in the custody of the Franklin County Jail.

“The United States Marshals Service, through its fugitive task forces, assists state and local agencies in finding those hiding from justice. This safe arrest of this human trafficking suspect occurred quickly due to the ongoing collaborative efforts between the Columbus Human Trafficking Task Force and our violent fugitive task force. - Michael D. Black, United States Marshal. 

Columbus SOFAST is a fugitive-focused, U.S. Marshals Service-led task force consisting of local, state and federal authorities including the Columbus Division of Police, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Bexley Police Department, Cambridge Police Department, Capital University Police Department, Delaware County Probation Office, Groveport Police Department, Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, Lancaster Police Department, Mount Vernon Police Department, Ohio Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal, Office of Inspector General Social Security Administration, United States Attorney’s Office, Utica Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Whitehall Police Department, and Zanesville Police Department.

Anyone with information on any fugitive may submit an anonymous web tip.

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