U.S. Marshals Service Operation ‘Cold Turkey’ Helps to LocateNoncompliant Sex Offenders from Passaic County NJ

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Newark, NJ
– The U.S. Marshals Service has conducted an
enforcement initiative focusing on the location and arrest of
non-compliant sex offenders with active failure to register warrants
from Passaic County, NJ. This enforcement initiative, dubbed Operation
“Cold Turkey,” resulted in the arrest of 16 convicted sex offenders
throughout the state and 2 others being sought for new sex offenses. In
addition, 5 offenders have been located out-of-state and facing possible
federal charges.

“In working with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s
Office, we were able to locate and apprehend a number of dangerous sex
offenders throughout the state of New Jersey. The communities they lived
in while unregistered can feel more secure knowing that federal, state,
and local law enforcement agencies are continuing to work to get these
offenders back in compliance” said U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos Jr.

During Operation “Cold Turkey,” the District of
New Jersey and the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force used
its multi-jurisdictional investigative authority to partner with the
Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, New
Jersey State Police, and New Jersey Department of Corrections to locate
non-compliant sex offenders from Passaic County. In addition, Operation
Cold Turkey has generated multiple leads for sex offenders who have
traveled out of state, knowingly failed to register, and are now in
possible violation of the Adam Walsh Act.

“Convicted sex offenders have an obligation to
register and are most dangerous when they believe no one is watching.
Operation Cold Turkey has served to help get these offenders back in
compliance with state registration requirements and thus making our
neighborhoods safe again.

Many thanks to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s
Office, Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, New Jersey
Department of
Corrections, New Jersey State Police, and the entirety of our New
York/New Jersey
Regional Fugitive Task Force law enforcement partners
throughout the state of New Jersey for their
cooperation, assistance,
and continued support throughout this operation” said Mattos.

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of
2006 provides that “In order to protect the public from sex offenders
and offenders against children…” the “Attorney General shall use the
resources of Federal law enforcement, including the United States
Marshals Service, to assist jurisdictions in locating and apprehending
sex offenders who violate sex offender registration requirements.
Operation “Cold Turkey” has continued this tradition by serving this
mission.

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

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