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A Week in the Life of a Deputy U.S. Marshal

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At 0600 (6:00 am), I meet with other members of our Joint Fugitive Task force along with detectives from the Spokane County Investigative Services Unit.  Today, we are going to attempt to make some arrests on subjects that have been selling drugs in the Spokane area.  After a short briefing with the task force, we rallied (met) up near to where we are going to do the “buys.”  The first controlled buy is with a known Crypt gang member who has fled from police in the past.  Today, I will be riding in the front passenger seat of a marked sheriff’s patrol car and assisting in the apprehension of the subjects. We park a short distance from the location and wait to hear that the subject has made a "buy."   We rush to the location of the "buy."   I see the subject and he sees us.  The subject jumps in his car and races off.  We accelerate and soon we are right behind him in our marked unit with the siren blaring and lights flashing.  The subject fails to stop.  Two other patrol cars join us and are behind us.  We approach a stop light with several civilian cars stopped at the red light.  I bail out along with another deputy from the car behind us.  We run up to the vehicle to place the subject under arrest.  While we are moving toward the subjects car, the vehicles at the red light move apart so that the police cars behind them can pass between them.  Unfortunately, this also gave the subject's vehicle room to escape.  We jump back into our patrol cars as they are passing by and we follow the escaping car.  The driver excels to an unsafe speed so we decide to stop the pursuit (chase).  We can always get him another day.  The safety of the public is more important than the arrest.  The subject’s vehicle was found a couple of hours later and impounded (seized by court).  When the vehicle was searched, we found illegal drugs hidden inside the vehicle. 

We completed two more buys this morning and arrested two persons that had histories of selling cocaine.  The subjects are booked into the jail.  Later this morning, I get to my office and record the arrests, collateral leads from other districts, and intelligence updates on Marshals Service forms and enter into the computer systems. 

After eating lunch, I contact other members of the fugitive task force and we hit the streets for more subjects that are wanted.  We conduct (do) several surveillances (closely watch) on locations of wanted fugitives, but do not see anyone.  We call it a day.  It’s been a busy week and I look forward to this weekend which will include some backpacking on Mt. Spokane. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice