The U.S. Marshals Service said it arrested 4,455 "violent fugitives" during the latest phase of its fugitive apprehension initiative, dubbed Operation North Star III (ONS III). The effort targeted violent offenders in 20 cities and resulted in the clearance of 2,818 warrants, for such offenses as include homicide, forcible sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and firearms violations, the Justice Department announced. During a 3-month enforcement effort, investigators also seized 555 firearms, more than $1 million in U.S. currency, and 85 kilograms of illegal narcotics.
The primary sites of the operation were Albuquerque; Baltimore; Buffalo; Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus, Oh.; Detroit; Houston; Indianapolis; Jackson, Miss.; Kansas City; Los Angeles; Memphis; Milwaukee; New Orleans; New York; Oakland, Calif.; Philadelphia; Puerto Rico; and Washington, D.C. It was the third similar enforcement action since July 2022. In total, U.S. Marshals have apprehended more than 6,700 fugitives, including 900 charged with homicide, in addition to removing more than 900 weapons associated to violent crime. Since the 1980s, the U.S. Marshals Service has combined their resources and expertise with local, state, and federal agencies to find and apprehend dangerous fugitives.