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. 

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June 23, 2011 – William Cook was arrested by Deputy United States Marshals in Buffalo, Minnesota on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.  Cook was a District of New Mexico fugitive who failed to appear for his sentencing May 23, 2011 after being convicted of 16 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children including distribution, manufacturing and Possession of Child Pornography. US_Marshals_Enforcement_Tools

June 23, 2011 – On June 21, 2011, the US Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico received Information from Deputy Marshals in Arizona requesting assistance in locating and apprehending convicted sex offender Andrew Moore, also know as Andrew Smith. The subject was wanted for two felony arrest warrants issued out of Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for Probation Violations, issued on March 31, 2008 and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, issued on August 13, 2099. Moore pled guilty on February 14, 2001 to Attempted Sexual Contact with a Minor and received a sentence of 12 months and Lifetime Probation to follow.  Moore is required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

June 23, 2011 – On June 17th, 2011, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Central District of California (C/CA) Sex Offender Investigator Coordinator (SOIC), Sex Offender Investigator Branch (SOIB), the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force (PSWRFTF) and USMS Special Response Team (SRT) in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections (Parole), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) REACT K-9 Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department participated in “Operation Safe House.”

June 23, 2011Kenneth Andrew Craig was arrested Tuesday by Brazilian Federal Police at Galeo International Airport. Craig, 42, was being sought by Florida authorities pursuant to arrest warrants issued in 1999 by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, sex performance with a minor and sexual assault of a minor.

June 23, 2011 –  U.S. Marshal Albert Najera, of the Eastern District of California, announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service Central Valley Joint Fugitive Task Force (CVJFTF) arrested Keyon Womack. This fugitive was wanted by the Bakersfield Police Department for Attempted Homicide and Gang Participation; bail amount was set at $1,500,000. Womack was also a California Youth Authority (CYA) Parolee at Large.

June 23, 2011 – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force from Pensacola arrested a sexual predator wanted by the Florida State Parole Commission who cut his monitoring bracelet off and allegedly stole his employer’s vehicle and fled to the DeFuniak Springs area before being arrested in Florala, Al late yesterday afternoon.  On June 7, Richard Hudson, who had been on supervised release for his prior conviction of three counts of sexual battery by threat or force, cut off his monitoring device and fled Orange County, FL.

June 22, 2011Brian Anthony Engleton was arrested on Friday, June 17, by the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force without incident.  Engleton was sought for the alleged murder of his wife by the EPPD. The previous day, Engleton was engaged in a physical confrontation with his wife Deidre Engleton outside of her locally owned beauty salon. Deidre later succumbed to multiple stab wounds in the chest and neck area at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

June 21, 2011Two former strip clubs in Seattle will be sold via a U.S. Marshals auction June 29 at 2 p.m. The auction for both properties will take place on site at the former “Rick’s Nightclub,” 11332 Lake City Way NE, Seattle. Registration may be done online at or on site beginning at 11 a.m. June 29.

June 18, 2011An intense manhunt has ended with the capture of John Boulachanis, a fugitive wanted on an international level. Boulachanis is the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice issued at the request of Canadian authorities for his role in a brutal slaying that occurred in Quebec, Canada, in 1997. Boulachanis was also being sought by Canadian law enforcement for criminal charges of fraud, arson, narcotics trafficking, conspiracy and weapons offenses.

June 16, 2011Brian Stacy, a resident of Los Alamos, NM was arrested Wednesday June 15, on charges that he allegedly threatened U.S. District Judge John E. Conway. Stacy allegedly sent a series of threatening e-mails to Judge Conway and was arrested in a joint operation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshals Service and the United States Attorney’s Office.

June 16, 2011On Wednesday, June 15, 2011, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Jeffrey Boop in a remote, wooded location south of Montandon, Pennsylvania. On April 27, 2011, the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Pennsylvania filed criminal charges against Boop. He was charged in a one-count Information with possession of child pornography. The information also charged that Boop has a prior conviction in Florida relating to sexual abuse and abusive sexual conduct involving a minor.

June 16, 2011Yesterday afternoon, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers assigned to the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force arrested Terrence Cram at a residence in the area of Yuma Rd and Sarival Ave in Goodyear. Cram was wanted by the Kentucky State Police for Murder. It is alleged that in January 2011 Cram used a blunt object, striking the 49 year old female victim in the head, which resulted in her death.

June 11, 2011 – The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Haywood Devonne Bolton, III – wanted for the 1996 killing of a Marshals Service employee – Friday in Spartanburg, South Carolina. On Oct. 15, 1996, Hiram “Bill” Morrical, a U.S. Marshals Service information technology employee, was killed during an armed robbery attempt while checking into a Shreveport, La., hotel with his wife during a business trip.

June 10, 2011 – 15 Most Wanted Addition – The U.S. Marshals have added a suspected child killer to their 15 Most Wanted fugitive list. Simon Lopez is wanted for the murder of a 1-year-old child. Lopez, 26, has been charged in Tyler, Texas, with capital murder and assault.

June 10, 2011On June 9th the U.S. Marshals Service, along with partnering agencies, concluded Operation Sparrow Hawk. The three day operation started June 7, and resulted in the arrest of 34 state and federal fugitives with charges including: Murder, Rape, Shooting at a Dwelling, Burglary, Trafficking Meth, Strong Armed Robbery, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Great Bodily harm with a vehicle.

June 10, 2011On Thursday, June 9, 2011, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested Robert G. Henry in Lurgan Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Henry was being sought by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on a bench warrant issued May 18, 2011. Henry was charged with failure to appear for sentencing in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on charges of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Manufacture of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Conspiracy, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

June 10, 2011On Wednesday June 8, 2011 Lincoln and Eddy County Sheriff’s Deputies and U.S. Marshals apprehended two juvenile females suspected of killing their foster mother. At approximately 5:00 am on Wednesday, June 8th Deputies were called to a residence in San Patricio where they discovered the body of Evelyn V. Miranda, 53.

June 09, 2011The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, with assistance from the Mentor Police Department, was able to locate and arrest fugitive Ronnie Haskins during a vehicle stop on State Route 2 in Mentor, Ohio. Haskins was wanted by the Euclid Police Department for a robbery that occurred on April 19, 2011 at a convenience store on Babbitt Road in Euclid in which he was alleged to viciously beat the store clerk during the robbery.

June 08, 2011 – 15 Most Wanted Addition – The U.S. Marshals have added a suspected wife killer to their 15 Most Wanted fugitive list.  Miguel Torres is wanted in Reading, Pa., for the 2005 execution-style murder of his wife Barbara. Torres has been charged with 1st degree murder.

June 08, 2011 – On May 31st, 2011 the United States Marshals Service along with our local, state and federal partners launched “Operation Derby City Overwatch”.    The operation was one of the largest and most ambitious for the agency to date and a direct result of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.  The goals of the operation were to verify the sex offender registry in Jefferson County, ensure compliance and track down those deemed non-compliant.  While accomplishing this goal, the U.S. Marshals Service partnered with eight other agencies.  They include:  the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky Probation and Parole, the Kentucky State Police, the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Shively Police Department.  Without this collaborative effort, the operation would not have been successful.

June 07, 2011 – The U.S. Marshals Service conducted a two-day auction in Miami Beach, Fla., starting Friday. The first day, which netted $2.7 million, consisted of 345 lots of fine jewelry, watches, coins and currency that were seized and forfeited from criminal cases throughout the country. On day two, the last remaining personal property belonging to Bernard and Ruth Madoff – 275 lots from the Madoff residences in New York and Palm Beach, Fla. – netted nearly $500,000.

 June 06, 2011 – 15 Most Wanted Addition – The U.S. Marshals have added a suspected drug kingpin to their 15 Most Wanted fugitive list.  Keith Hasson is 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.  Hasson is considered to be the leader of a criminal enterprise responsible for large- scale distribution of cocaine and marijuana throughout the United States. His organization operated from 1999 to 2005, generating more than $20 million in cash and assets.

June 05, 2011The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force sponsored by the United States Marshals Service is announcing the arrest of Mark Anthony Gonzalez. Mark Gonzalez was charged by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) for the capital murder of Bexar County Deputy Sheriff, Kenneth Vann.