The primary responsibility of the U. S. government is national security and the U. S. Marshals Service plays a critical role as can be seen in their latest activities last week.  Americans, young and old should get to know the various departments responsible for keeping our country and communities safe.

Overview of the U.S. Marshals Service

The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. Federal marshals have served the country since 1789, often in unseen but critical ways. The Marshals Service occupies a uniquely central position in the federal justice system. It is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative. Presidentially appointed, U.S. marshals direct the activities of 94 districts — one for each federal judicial district. 

More than 3,950 deputy U.S. marshals and criminal investigators form the backbone of the agency. Among their many duties, they protect the federal judiciary, apprehend federal fugitives, seize property acquired by criminals through illegal activities, house and transport federal prisoners and operate the Witness Security Program. US_Marshals_Enforcement_Tools

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July 1, 2011U.S. Marshal Albert Najera, of the Eastern District of California, announced today that the U.S. Marshals Central Valley Joint Fugitive Task Force (CVJFTF) arrested Mitchell Dennis Knox.  On June 30, 2011, the Joint Support Operations Center (JSOC), in ATF Headquarters, received information about the possible whereabouts of Mitchell Knox who was a fugitive from Operation Woodchuck.  This was a year-long investigation that included an undercover ATF agent infiltrating a group of criminals who were selling illegal firearms and narcotics in the San Fernando Valley.  During the course of the investigation, ATF undercover agents purchased stolen firearms, machine guns and silencers.  Other agencies participating in Operation Woodchuck were the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Office of Correctional Safety-Special Service Unit (CDCR-SSU), and the Los Angeles Police Department.

July 01, 2011 – A Tattnall County man wanted for a 1995 Escape in North Carolina was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Department, the Reidsville Police Department, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on June 30, 2011.  Manuel Hrneith, aka Alfredo Arrieta Urieta, was wanted by the North Carolina Department of Corrections for Escape.  The Escape occurred in May of 1995 from the New Hanover Correctional Center, in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Hrneith was convicted in August of 1991 for Murder in the Second Degree, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury, and Armed Robbery.  Hrneith was sentenced to eighteen years in prison.

June 30, 2011 – 15 Most Wanted Capture – The U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested in Los Angeles Wednesday morning a suspected drug kingpin wanted on a 2005 open indictment from the New Mexico U.S. District Court for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, continuing criminal enterprise and conspiracy to launder money. Keith Hasson, who was added June 6 to the “15 Most Wanted” fugitive list, was arrested without incident.

June 28, 2011 – The McClain County Sheriff’s Office contacted the U.S. Marshals to request immediate assistance following the escape of Shaun Bosse, who was wanted for triple murder of his girlfriend, her 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter in 2008.  Bosse had allegedly stabbed the girlfriend and son and then set fire to the trailer where the girl slept.  Bosse had overpowered a jailer, stolen a vehicle, cell phone, and flashlight and had been unaccounted for several hours.  The stolen vehicle was located, abandoned, and police received a confirmed sighting at a local retail store here where the subject grew up and still has family in the area.  The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force responded and began interviewing family members and childhood friends who continued to discuss a local pond where Bosse would camp and play as a child. Through the investigation this area was located and a field search was started by the task force.  After walking for approximately 30 minutes, a white male matching the description of Bosse was observed near a pond.  Bosse was taken into custody and transported to the command post without incident.