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US Marshals on fugitive sweep: 'We're going to find you'

Published: Sep. 21, 2015 at 8:13 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:22 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - "No matter where you go, we're going to find you."

That is what U.S. Marshals are saying after an undercover sweep netted 72 felony arrests last week.

The multi-agency takedown dubbed "Operation Southern Star," targeted violent subjects and narcotics offenders across some of the most rural parts of the state.

Efforts resulted in 20 arrests in Cochise County, 21 in Graham County, plus 31 more in Pima County.

"It sends a clear message that regardless of where fugitives may seek refuge, we will track them down and apprehend them," said Nate Alexander, Deputy U.S. Marshal from the District of Arizona.

The Graham County Sheriff's Department may have benefited most from Operation Southern Star. Of 18 felony warrants submitted by their department, all 18 resulted in successful arrests. 

"What people need to know in this day and time, throughout our communities, is that law enforcement will continue to do the right thing and protect our citizens," said Graham County Sheriff Preston Allred.

Operation Southern Star is a fugitive initiative focused on the apprehension of violent felons throughout southeastern Arizona, according to David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona.

"This operation is an example of our commitment to work collaboratively with our state and local law enforcement partners to help make our communities safer," Gonzales said.

Locally, Pima County Sheriff's Department submitted three felony warrants resulting in three arrests, while Tucson police submitted two warrants that led to two arrests.

Pima County Probation, Sierra Vista Police Department, Nogales Police Department and Pinal County Sheriff's Department collectively submitted 13 felony warrants for Operation Southern Star. All 13 resulted in successful arrests.

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