Multi-Jurisdiction Law Enforcement Operation Nets 119 Fugitives

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Anchorage, AK
– Alaska law enforcement agencies conducted a
high-impact fugitive apprehension initiative focusing on the state’s
most violent offenders. This two-week initiative, called Operation
Sockeye, resulted in the arrest of 119 fugitives living in South-central
Alaska.

To have the greatest impact on violent crime,
Operation Sockeye utilized the expertise of law enforcement partners to
significantly impact our communities by focusing on the worst of the
worst violent criminals. From June 14th-26th, 2021, fifteen (15)
agencies combined resources to take 119 violent offenders, including
eleven (11) identified as gang members, off the streets of Alaska.
Additionally, the operation seized 15 firearms, 145 rounds of
ammunition, over 100 grams of narcotics, $14,231.00 U.S. currency, 15
fraudulent checks and recovered 2 stolen vehicles and 1 snow-machine.

The arrests occurred in Anchorage, Eagle River,
Fairbanks and throughout the Mat-Su Valley. These arrests consisted of
the following charges: Homicide, Aggravated Assault with a Weapon,
Assault, Weapon Offenses, Burglary, Narcotics Distribution, Larceny,
Vehicle Theft, Escape, Resisting Arrest, Driving Under the Influence,
Probation Violation, Bail Revocation, Failure to Appear.

“This operation is an example of our continued
efforts to fight violent crime by targeting the worst of the worst
offenders,” said Acting Chief Kenneth McCoy with the Anchorage Police
Department. “We will never stop fighting to keep our community safe.”

“Alaska’s law enforcement community is constantly
working together to rid our state of violent crime, and we will continue
to work together to make our state a safer place to live and raise a
family. Alaskans will feel the effects of this operation across the
state,” said Colonel Bryan Barlow, Director of the Alaska State
Troopers. “If you victimize Alaskans, the State Troopers and our local,
state, and federal law enforcement partners will find you and hold you
accountable.”

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“Working with our federal, state, and local
partners on enforcement initiatives like Operation Sockeye demonstrates
what is possible when we as law enforcement work together to make our
communities safer.” said Rob Heun, U.S. Marshal for the District of
Alaska.

The following agencies participated in Operation
Sockeye: Anchorage Police Department (APD), Alaska State Troopers (AST),
U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), Department of Homeland Security (HSI),
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Alaska
Department of Corrections (DOC)-Adult Probation, Pretrial Enforcement,
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Air National Guard CDSP, Wasilla
Police Department (WPD), Alaska District Attorney Offices (DA), Office
of Special Prosecutions (OSPA) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO).

Anyone with information regarding a wanted fugitive or a sex
offender who has failed to register, is urged to contact the nearest
U.S. Marshals office, the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at
1-800-336-0102, or USMS Tips at
www.usmarshals.gov/tips.

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


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