U.S. Marshals Service Operation Nets More Than 190 Fugitives

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Newark, NJ – The U.S. Marshals Service has conducted a
high-impact fugitive apprehension initiative focusing on some of the
most violent offenders throughout New Jersey. This enforcement
initiative, called Operation “Clean Sweep,” resulted in the arrest of
more than 190 fugitives, gang members, sex offenders and violent
criminals in the District of New Jersey.

“By employing a
strategically focused approach to policing, our state, county, local,
and federal, partners were able to locate and apprehend some of the most
dangerous fugitives in the state of New Jersey. By removing these
violent offenders from the streets, the communities they preyed upon can
immediately feel more secure.” said U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos Jr.

“Clean Sweep” was a month-long operation focusing special attention
on areas within the state that were designated as priority counties such
as Essex, Mercer, Camden, Atlantic, and Gloucester.

During
Operation “Clean Sweep” the District of New Jersey and the New York/New
Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force used its multi-jurisdictional
investigative authority and fugitive task force network to arrest over
72 gang members and others wanted on charges including 13 for homicide
and 80 for weapons offenses. In addition, investigators seized 16
firearms, $5,259 in currency, and more than 1.475 kilograms of illegal
narcotics.

Year to date the District of New Jersey and New
York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force have combined to arrest
more than 97 individuals for homicide, 160 for sexual offenses, 23 for
Failure to Register as Sex Offenders, and 223 for weapons offenses. A
total of 18.879 kilograms of narcotics, $120,519 in cash, and 61
firearms have been recovered throughout the state.

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“Many
fugitives tend to re-commit violent crimes which increases danger to
communities by making the neighborhoods where we live and work unsafe”
said Mattos. “By collaborating with our state, county, local, and
federal partners, and conducting enforcement endeavors like Operation
Clean Sweep, law enforcement serves to disrupt these criminal
activities. “

Many thanks to Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Essex County Sheriff’s
Office, Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Gloucester County Sheriff’s
Office, New Jersey Department of Corrections, New Jersey State Police,
Newark Police Department, Customs and Border Protection Special Response
Team 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 and assistance throughout this operation.

The concept
behind interagency law enforcement operations such as Operation Clean
Sweep evolved largely from regional and district task forces. Since the
1980s, the Marshals Service has combined their resources and expertise
with local, state, and federal agencies to find and apprehend dangerous
fugitives. Operation Clean Sweep continued this tradition.

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


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