72 Fugitives Arrested in Local Area

By: U.S. Marshals Release
By: U.S. Marshals Release

Tallahassee, FL:

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.” US 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. US Marshal Dennis Williamson noted that Operation Seasons Greetings is primarily a public safety initiative; “Law Enforcement officials normally see a spike in crime during this time of year as wanted felons take to the streets of our communities preying on citizens as well as invading their homes and automobiles in search of money and property.” Arrested individuals varied from outstanding warrants for Armed Robbery and Fraud to Violations of Probation and Narcotics charges as well as two Absconded Sex Offenders. Task Force Officers seized 17 firearms including rifles, shotguns and handguns from these fugitives with several being listed as stolen. Task Force Officers also confiscated over 5 pounds of Marijuana, $37,690.00 in US Currency and 1373 grams of Methamphetamine. In addition, two active clandestine Meth Labs where discovered and dismantled with one being in Wakulla County and the other in Taylor County, Florida.

Marshal Williamson extended his deep appreciation to the agencies who loaned their time and officers to the roundup. Approximately 60 law enforcement personnel from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Department of Corrections, Leon County State Attorney’s Office and the Perry Police Department participated during the roundup. These officers and deputies were sworn in as Special Deputy US Marshals which gave them the authority to pursue wanted individuals from their respective jurisdictions anywhere within the United States.

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  • by John Location: Tallahassee on Dec 18, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    To $$$$$$$$ I am not sure where you got 300 officers and 20 different agencies from, but this seems like a great use of tax payers dollars to me. And judging by your spelling and punctuation, you must have already bonded out from your arrest during this operation. I am sure the police will be back by your house in no time to pick you back up.
  • by $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Location: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ on Dec 18, 2010 at 08:11 AM
    20 agencys 300 copson the payrole of the tax payers to bust a few people. the $$$$ just dont add up.
  • by shelia barnes Location: leon on Dec 18, 2010 at 08:08 AM
    job security
  • by sarah on Dec 18, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    I love our law enforcement! You all have been doing an awesome job cracking down on the crime. I pray for the safety of all of you and appreciate everything you have done to keep our city safe! Now it's time for you all to partner up in helping Jacksonville Police Department. They are doing a horrible job and can't even find the person who murdered my husbands brother a few years back. They are doing next to nothing to keep that city safe and could use some tips from you all! Thanks again!
  • by Bust em heads on Dec 17, 2010 at 11:43 PM
    Hang 10 to the officers, keep up the good work. Great that different departments works together and are able to knock out crime together and faster, teamwork baby, teamwork for a safer world
  • by lee on Dec 17, 2010 at 02:07 PM
    great job ,,,noe get some more of them thugs off the street
  • by Phelisha Location: Tallahassee on Dec 17, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    This was a great idea! I agree crime spikes during the holidays, and this should have taken place along time ago. Thanks to all of the officers!
  • by Rhonda Location: Jasper on Dec 17, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    It's nice to know that the law enforcement officers are working together to make this a safer holiday season for the rest of us. Good job guys. How about a spring break version also for the delinquents running around drunk and disorderly?
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