Multi-agency operation arrests 44 violent fugitives - Tucson News Now

Multi-agency operation arrests 44 violent fugitives

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Credit: U.S. Marshals Service Credit: U.S. Marshals Service
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Atotal of 44 violent fugitives in Southern Arizona were arrested my lawenforcement agencies between March 10 and March 14, according to a press releasefrom the U.S. Marshals Service.

Thearrests were part of Operation Southern Star III, which targeted violent fugitiveswith felony warrants in Pima, Graham and Cochise Counties. The warrants rangedfrom crimes of violence to narcotic violations.

Theoperation included 19 law enforcement agencies. Of the 44 arrests, 15 were madein Graham county, 12 were made in Pima County and 17 were made in CochiseCounty.

TheU.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona, David P. Gonzales, said the agency isproud of the success of this operation in Southern Arizona.

"Manyfelons believe that by hiding out in rural areas- they can avoid the consequencesof their criminal behavior," Gonzales said. "The U.S. Marshals Service takesgreat pride in working with our state and local partners in helping make ourcommunities a safer place to live."

CochiseCounty Sheriff Mark Dannels said he was encouraged by this successful operationand looked forward to more strategic group operations.

"Thenumber of offenders who have been captured in this operation confirms that a coordinatedeffort between local, state and federal agencies is the most effective methodof working for law enforcement and our citizens," Dannels said. "When we seethese types of operations being successful, we are encouraged and look forwardto more strategic efforts to come."

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