The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) is the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. Federal Marshals have served the country since 1789, often times in unseen but critical ways. To this day, the Marshals occupy a uniquely central position in the federal justice system. The USMS is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, and as such, it is 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 3,200 Deputy Marshals and Criminal Investigators form the backbone of the agency.

US_Marshals_Enforcement_ToolsAmong their many duties, they apprehend more than half of all federal fugitives, protect the federal judiciary, operate the Witness Security Program, transport federal prisoners, conduct body searches, enforce court orders and Attorney General orders involving civil disturbances and acts of terrorism, execute civil and criminal processes, and seize property acquired by criminals through illegal activities.

December 23, 2010 – Statement by Director John F. Clark on the Senate Confirmation of His Successor – I welcome last night’s confirmation by the Senate of Stacia A. Hylton as the 10th director of the U.S. Marshals Service. Stacia is a dedicated public servant with 29 years of law enforcement in the Department of Justice. In addition to serving as our nation’s federal detention trustee, she was a deputy U.S. marshal for 24 years and served in a variety of assignments which gave her profound insight into the service’s operations.

December 22, 2010 Kevin A. Carr, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced the arrest of Jacob McCann today in Houston, Texas. Jacob McCann was wanted by the Oshkosh Police Department for Sexual Assault of a Child, and by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for Violation of Probation.

December 22, 2010 On December 21, 2010, members of the United States Marshals Service South West Investigative Fugitive Team (SWIFT) task force arrested sex offender and fugitive Robert Walter Forster in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Forster is listed as one of New Mexico’s Most Wanted Sex Offenders.

December 22, 2010 This year the United States Marshals Service, District of New Mexico participated in the Combined Federal Campaign. The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the U.S. and international community, helping raise millions of dollars each year.

December 22, 2010 Daniel Luberda was arrested yesterday by the U.S. Marshals and the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) in Conway, South Carolina. Luberda is charged by the Horry County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of bank robbery, stemming out of two separate bank robberies that took place earlier this month in Little River and Conway.

December 20, 2010 Mark Ericks, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Washington, announces the arrest of Olujimi A. Blakeney. The subject was wanted for the shooting death of Lisa Melancon in Tacoma, Washington on July 22, 2010. Following the murder of Ms. Melancon, an intense investigation led to the identification of three suspects. Blakeney was the last of three suspects arrested and charged with murder in this case. Marshals Service personnel in the Northern District of California arrested Blakeney in Carmichael, California.

December 20, 2010 On December 15, 2010, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) arrested Dennis Font and Valente Estrada, two of Albuquerque’s top five most wanted property crime offenders. Dennis Font, was wanted on felony warrants for: Armed Robbery, Battery on a Peace Officer, Trafficking a Controlled Substance and a Probation Violation. Valente Estrada was wanted on two felony warrants: Transferring/Receiving Stolen Property and Transferring/Receiving a Stolen Vehicle.

December 18, 2010 The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force sponsored by the United States Marshals Service along with the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) arrested 23 year old Davone Truitt. Truitt has 5 active felony warrants to include Aggravated Assault on a Child and Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer. It is believed Truitt has been hiding in Michigan in an attempt to avoid capture.

December 17, 2010 A Mexican drug trafficking organization with ties all over the southeastern United States has been brought to its knees by the diligent investigative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Marshals. Pedro Ochoa and Jose Pineda were arrested in an Atlanta suburb while Arturo Salcedo was arrested in a West Ashley neighborhood. It is alleged that these individuals are part of a drug trafficking organization that transported drugs from Mexico into South Carolina, Texas, and Georgia.

December 17, 2010 The United States Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force announced the arrest today of 72 fugitives from justice over a week long operation dubbed “Operation Seasons Greetings.” U.S. Marshals and their local task force partners hit the streets of Gadsden, Leon, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla Counties over the past five days in an attempt to round up as many wanted fugitives as possible prior to the holidays.

December 14, 2010 Demetrick Taylor was arrested this afternoon in Jennings by members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender’s Task Force (VOTF) from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Lake Charles. Further, critical assistance was provided by the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office. Taylor was Wanted by the Baton Rouge Police Department for two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, Simple Robbery, and Simple Battery.

December 14, 2010The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in Pensacola arrested a man wanted from Dallas County, AL on charges of Kidnapping in the 1st Degree. James Frank Carter was arrested at a house on the 1400 Block of Dexter Avenue in Pensacola around 10:30 this morning. Carter, 51, is charged with one count of kidnapping on the warrant that dates back to April of 2007.

December 12, 2010 Deputy U.S. Marshals (DUSMs) and Task Force Officers (TFOs) from the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans partnered with the Dryades YMCA for the city’s rejuvenated Midnight Basketball program.  Midnight Basketball started in 1994 as a way to address the rising involvement of youth as victims and perpetrators of crime. The program takes teens and young adults from ages 17 to 24 off the streets from 9PM to 1AM, the hours when crime and drug abuse are most likely to occur.