#AceNewsReport – Oct.27: Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force have arrested Christine Dunkowski, 47, and Albert Dunkowski, 54, both who were wanted for Flight to Avoid Prosecution and Default in Required Appearance. On October 6th, 2021, the Dunkowski’s skipped out of their Bucks County trial for Endangering the Welfare of 6 of their children. The U.S. Marshals Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force was then asked to assist in the fugitive investigations.
#AceDailyNews WANTED: reports On U.S. Marshals Arrest Bucks County Fugitive Couple on Friday, October 15th, at approximately 10:30am, Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers from the Delaware and Philadelphia offices apprehended Christine Dunkowski at a motel located in the 1000 block of south Market Street in Wilmington, Delaware….
On October 21st, at 11:30am, Deputies and task force officers from Philadelphia and the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Albert Dunkowski at a bus stop in the 200 block of Belle Hill Road in Elkton, Maryland. Both arrests were made without incident. These apprehensions were a result of a joint investigation including U.S. Marshal’s Offices in Eastern Pennsylvania, the District of Delaware, the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.
Eric Gartner, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said “Crimes against children loom at the forefront of human tragedy. We immensely appreciate the opportunity to support Bucks County DA Matt Weintraub and the Bucks County Detectives’ always diligent efforts to identify, capture and prosecute those that perpetrate such heinous crimes.”
The Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force is a team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. The task force’s objective is to seek out and arrest violent crime fugitives. Please seehttps://www.usmarshals.gov/district/pa-e/ for more information on our most wanted fugitives.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.05: This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with assistance from HSI offices in Mexico City, Houston and Calexico, Mexico; and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Border Patrol, and U.S. Marshals Service.
#AceDailyNews report Bangladeshi national sentenced to prison for his role in a human smuggling conspiracy after a multiple ‘law enforcement’ agencies investigation that eventually brought Mohamad Milon Hossain, 41, to be sentenced on Sept. 28 in federal court to 46 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty March 5.
“Today’s sentencing is a great example of how Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) uses its worldwide resources and interagency partnerships to bring international criminals like Mohamad Milon Hossain to justice in the United States,” said Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, HSI San Antonio. “Hossain was a key facilitator and smuggler of Bangladeshi nationals and his actions put our national security at risk. HSI is committed to working with its domestic and international partners to combat this type of crime throughout the globe.”
“This human smuggling conspiracy operated on a global scale and endangered the lives of Bangladeshi migrants,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Justice Department will continue working with our law enforcement partners here and abroad to bring human smugglers like Hossain to justice and to disrupt these criminal networks that unlawfully bring migrants from across the world through Central America and into the United States.”
“This criminal placed profit before life,” said Acting Assistant Attorney, Jennifer B. Lowery, of the Southern District of Texas (SDTX). “Human smuggling like Hossain often put migrants in dangerous situations, many leading to serious injury and even death. The SDTX is no stranger to this issue and will fervently pursue the battle, holding accountable not only the transporters, but any individuals who provided assistance along the way.”
According to court documents, between March 2017 and June 2019, Hossain, was residing in Tapachula, Mexico, when he conspired and assisted human smugglers operating out of Bangladesh, South and Central America, and Mexico to bring numerous noncitizens to the U.S. border in exchange for payment. Hossain operated out of Tapachula where he maintained a hotel that housed the noncitizens on their way to the United States. Hossain provided plane tickets and other assistance for the individuals to travel from Tapachula to Monterrey, Mexico, where co-conspirator Moktar Hossain assisted their illegal crossing into the United States.
This investigation was conducted under the Extraterritorial Criminal Travel Strike Force (ECT) program, a joint partnership between the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and HSI. The ECT program focuses on human smuggling networks that may present particular national security or public safety risks, or present grave humanitarian concerns. ECT has dedicated investigative, intelligence and prosecutorial resources. ECT coordinates and receives assistance from other U.S. government agencies and foreign law enforcement authorities
Trial Attorneys James Hepburn and Erin Cox of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section are prosecuting this case with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Texas.
HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.
#AceNewsReport – June.27: Royce Wood and Tiffany Caswell were tracked down and arrested together without incident at a motel after authorities received a tip, according to the Wise County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office.
TEXAS: US Marshals in Arkansas nab suspect in shooting of police officer; girlfriend also arrested: The suspect, Royce Wood, and his girlfriend, Tiffany Caswell, were tracked down and arrested together without incident that followed a multi-day manhunt, U.S. Marshals in Mountain View, Arkansas, on Thursday arrested a suspect accused of shooting a Texas law enforcement officer earlier this month, according to reports.
Also taken into custody was the suspect’s girlfriend, reports said: It wasn’t like what you see on TV, all these explosions and stuff. It was just very coordinated,” said Chief Deputy Dammon McGilton of the Stone County (Arkansas) Sheriff’s Department, according to FOX 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth. “They used safety equipment and they approached the door and announced their self. He came to the door and he surrendered and he was taken into custody without incident.”
Wood, 43, and Caswell, 32, were both suspects in a home invasion robbery on June 12 near New Fairview, Texas, about 30 miles northwest of Fort Worth, FOX 4 reported. The incident led to a traffic stop the following day in New Fairview, where Wood allegedly shot a Rhome, Texas, police officer in a leg, authorities said.
Police said Wood fired several rounds at the officer. Investigators noted Caswell was not involved in the shooting, which Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin described as “senseless.”
“Thankfully, the officer is improving and will be able to return to duty in the not too distant future,” Akin said.
The incident triggered a Texas Blue Alert and led to a statewide manhunt. Last week, the sheriff’s office offered a reward of up to $6,000 for information leading to Wood’s arrest.
U.S. Marshals and Texas Rangers worked with Wise County authorities to locate the pair.
Wood is facing charges of aggravated assault on a public servant for allegedly shooting the officer and aggravated robbery for the home invasion, the sheriff’s office said.
Caswell is being charged with aggravated robbery for her role in that home invasion.
“We deeply appreciate the efforts of our good citizens, the absolute tireless dedication of WCSO, Rhome PD, state and local law enforcement officers, and first responders,” Akin said. “Special thanks to the U.S. Marshals and Texas Rangers for their relentless work ethic and helping us bring this search to conclusion.”
#AceNewsReport – May.26: Swails had been wanted on charges of resisting law enforcement, armed robbery, burglary, theft, battery resulting in bodily injury and probation violation, all stemming from a 2017 incident where he was charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Swails eventually pleaded to unlawful use of body armor, criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement in the 2017 case:
‘U.S. Marshals Arrest of a man called David Alan Swails, 21, who was taken into custody at approximately 6 a.m. after he was found hiding in the basement of a residence in the 400 block of Oakland Street’
On May 14, the Jamestown marshal, where the current cases originated, reached out to the USMS to request the assistance of the GLRFTF to locate Swails. The task force accepted the case and initiated a case review of the details, compiling criminal history and reports, current information, and copies of the warrants from Boone and Montgomery Counties.
During the Marshals’ investigation, information was developed that Swails had been hiding in an abandoned building in the rural Plainfield area. After an exhaustive search, officers located a building containing items belonging to Swails, but Swails was not present. Further investigation led the team to the Oakland Street location in the 400 block of Oakland Street, where Swails was found hiding in the basement.
“No matter where a fugitive may try to flee or hide, we will pursue them, find them and bring them to justice,” said U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Indiana Dan McClain.
The U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force (Indianapolis Division) is a multijurisdictional fugitive task force comprising the U.S. Marshals Service, Immigration Customs and Enforcement, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana State Police, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Greenwood Police Department, and the Fishers Police Department.
#AceNewsReport – May.24: The city of Richmond, Petersburg, Chesterfield, and Hopewell were focal points of the operation. During this operation, eight non-compliant sex offenders were arrested, closing 24 outstanding warrants. Four of the arrestees were Virginia Department of Corrections most wanted fugitives. U.S. Marshals are still actively working other cases and will continue to generate leads that will assist in the apprehension of other non-compliant sex offenders:
U.S. Marshals and Virginia State Police Conduct Operation ‘River City Sweep’ I am proud of the Deputy Marshals, task force officers, and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners for the work they did this week with these sex offender investigations, and for what they do each day: The results of this operation speak for themselves and are indicative of the strength of the law enforcement cooperation we enjoy here in Eastern Virginia:
It is my hope that the efforts will demonstrate to our citizens that we are committed to keeping our communities safe, and free from those with the intent to cause harm. I am honored and humbled that the Marshals Service is a part of this team of professional, dedicated, public servants”, stated U.S. Marshal Nick Proffitt of the Eastern District of Virginia.
The U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force in Richmond consists of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Corrections, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Richmond, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell Police Departments.
#AceNewsReport – May.18: Pan was arrested in the 400 block of Fairview Avenue in Montgomery. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Montgomery County Detention Center.
U.S. Marshals in Alabama Capture Connecticut Murder Suspect Accused of Killing Yale Student “I am extremely proud of the cooperation and efforts of the U.S. Marshals, the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and our state and local partners in apprehending Pan,” said U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Alabama Jesse Seroyer Jr. “Once we received information that Pan was in Montgomery, a plan was developed and executed. This is another example of hard work by federal and state partners to arrest violent fugitives.”
Pan had last been seen in the early morning hours on Feb. 11 driving with family members in Brookhaven or Duluth, Georgia. The New Haven Police Department obtained an arrest warrant Feb. 26 charging Pan, an MIT graduate student, with the murder of Jiang, a Yale University student. The U.S. Marshals in Connecticut started working this case immediately in February as a person of interest until the murder warrant was issued Feb. 26 by the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office.
“The successful apprehension of Qinxuan Pan this morning in Montgomery, Alabama, marks the culmination of countless hours of investigation and is a testament to the dedication of all the investigators involved,” said Lawrence Bobnick, acting U.S. Marshal for the District of Connecticut. “The unwavering commitment of the men and women supporting this operation was truly remarkable. Further, this arrest exemplifies the routine selfless cooperation between the U.S. Marshals Service, with its network of nationwide fugitive task forces, and state, local, and federal law enforcement entities across multiple jurisdictions and states.”
The U.S. Marshals wish to recognize the contributions of all who assisted in this investigation, including the New Haven Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, the District of New Haven AUSA office and the State’s Attorney’s Office in New Haven, the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, USMS investigators in Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Alabama, the USMS New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Montgomery, Alabama, Police Department and numerous other USMS task forces around the country that have run down leads during this case.
The Violent Fugitive Task Force is a team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals from the District of Connecticut. The task force’s objective is to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sexual predators. Membership agencies include Hartford, New Haven, West Haven, Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Waterbury Police Departments as well as ICE.
The Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (GCRFTF) became fully operational in July 2006 and operates out of USMS offices throughout Alabama and Mississippi, with its headquarters office located in Birmingham, Alabama. The GCRFTF partners with numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies throughout Alabama and Mississippi and continues to recruit other agencies to participate in the task force.
#AceNewsReport – May.10: During the operation, two teams of Hardeman County Sheriff’s Deputies and Deputy U.S. Marshals investigated 35 convicted sex offenders to insure they are following their requirements and found 25 in compliance with the sex offender registry law:
‘ U.S. Marshals and Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office Work Together on Sex Offender OperationSeven offenders were found not to be out of compliance and three are still being investigated’
Seven offenders were found not to be out of compliance and three are still being investigated. James Shermaine Williams was arrested for Failure To Register As A Sex Offender. The other six noncompliant offenders will be further investigated for prosecution under state and federal law.
Four other persons were arrested for felony crimes that were uncovered during the operation. Chad Johnson was arrested for Felon In Possession Of A Firearm and Possession Of A Controlled Substance. Kendall Saintignan was arrested on multiple drug possession charges. David Ramsey was arrested for Felon In Possession Of A Firearm. Donald Stagner was arrested on a Failure To Appear on a previous Failure to Register As A Sex Offender Charge.
“Sex offender compliance operations produce many beneficial outcomes,” said U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller. “The Marshals Service is glad to partner with state and county agencies to help with this important service.”
In addition to providing a number of Deputy U.S. Marshals who helped supplement the Sheriff’s Office, the Marshals Service provided funds that will be used to purchase needed equipment for the Hardeman County Sex Offender mission. TBI provided logistical and analytical support.
In an effort to assist state and local law enforcement, the USMS has been tasked by the United States Attorney General to provide needed assistance to law enforcement agencies that are mandated to comply with the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. In order to fulfill this obligation, the USMS has developed a system of partnering with state and local agencies to investigate, apprehend, and prosecute offenders that are not in compliance with their legal obligations that have been ordered upon them by the courts as a result of their sex crime convictions.
#AceNewsReport – May.10: Led by U.S. Marshals personnel from the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and the District of Maryland, the operation included support from the two U.S. Marshals district offices in Washington. Additional law enforcement partners included Maryland State Police, Montgomery County Police Department, Prince George’s County Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department and the Baltimore Police Department. Altogether, more than 30 investigators collaborated with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Maryland Department of Human Services – Child Protective Services (Baltimore City and Prince George’s County) to close 131 missing child cases:
Operation to Find Missing Maryland Children: ‘That resulted in the recovery of 18 previously missing children and the self-return of 11 more children: Also, U.S. Marshals and local agencies located 102 additional children who had previously been reported missing and confirmed their return to the custody of their legal guardians’
Children are a blessing and are America’s future leaders. We must always protect their innocence and defend them from physical and sexual abuse by predators and unscrupulous individuals,” said U.S. Marshal Johnny L. Hughes of the District of Maryland.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to supporting our law enforcement partners in pursuit of justice on behalf of vulnerable members of our society—especially children,” said Acting United States Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner. “We commend the U.S. Marshals Service and their law enforcement partners for their leadership and tireless work in finding children and bringing them home. Everyone in the community must prioritize child safety and preventing victimization, including through mentoring and other supportive programs to help at-risk children and their families. Our office will always aggressively pursue and prosecute those who prey on young people, and we are pleased to support efforts like this operation.”
The U.S. Marshals are leading the way in a nationwide effort to recover missing and exploited children. Since 2015, the U.S. Marshals have assisted in the recovery of more than 1,800 missing children. Since 2015, the Marshals have contributed to the recovery of a missing child in 75% of cases received and of those, 66% were recovered within seven days of the Marshals providing assistance with the case.
The U.S. Marshals Service’s Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency task force whose mission is to focus resources and efforts on the reduction of violence within the National Capital Region through the identification, investigation and apprehension of fugitives wanted for egregious crimes against the community.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.26: Since October 2020, the U.S. Marshals in Iowa have been partnering with federal, state and local agencies in a joint operation dubbed Operation Homecoming, focused on recovering vulnerable, critically missing children across the state, and as of March 23, U.S. Marshals have located 21 juveniles and have directly recovered seven children.
U.S. Marshals Service Leads Operation to Find Missing Iowa Children: ‘Both the northern and southern districts of Iowa worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse to look for and recover the children, who were all between the ages of 4 and 17, and are some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area, based on indications of high-risk factors such as exposure to narcotics, child exploitation, physical or sexual abuse, and medical or mental health conditions’
Operation Homecoming led to Marshals locating missing Iowa children in nine different states across the U.S., including Arizona, Nebraska, Minnesota, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana.
The operation also resulted in the arrests of two individuals, the seizure of illegal narcotics, the seizure of two firearms, and four independent human trafficking investigations, which have been referred to the appropriate investigative agencies for further valuation.
U.S. Marshals in Iowa are still looking for Fredrick Workman, 15, last seen in Des Moines in August 2013, and are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to his location. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact NCMEC at 1-800-843-5678 or visit their Cyber Tipline at www.missingkids.org.
The U.S. Marshals primary responsibility to protect the federal judiciary is followed closely by a variety of priority missions like apprehending violent fugitives, investigating noncompliant sex offenders, and the sale of forfeited assets. Added to these responsibilities in 2015 was the mission to investigate/locate/recover critically missing juveniles. In 2015, with the signing of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, the USMS was granted discretionary authority to support law enforcement requests to assist in locating and recovering missing children. Since the passage of the JVTA in 2015, the USMS has contributed to the recovery of more than 1,750 missing children.
“The goal of our involvement with missing child cases is not only to safely recover Iowa’s missing children, but also to aid our local and state partners who work these cases daily,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal Scott Cannon, Missing Child Investigations Coordinator for the Southern District of Iowa. “The Marshals Service is uniquely suited to provide assistance based on our expertise as the premier agency in tracking fugitives. We can use some of the same skill sets in recovering missing children as we use during fugitive investigations.”
Central Iowa man charged in harboring runaway
Just before Christmas 2020, a missing central Iowa teen was found by deputy U.S. marshals in the home of an adult male in Ames. The man was arrested for harboring a juvenile runaway and implicated in sex trafficking. A second man was later charged based on the results of the USMS investigation and recovery efforts.
Iowa Missing child recovered in Arizona after family’s relentless legal battle
U.S. Marshals in Iowa and Arizona worked to recover a child who had been missing since he was taken by a noncustodial family member in 2017. Now 4, this child had been relocated and hidden from law enforcement for years. The child’s legal guardian spent significant time and resources attempting to locate this child, to no avail. With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals and their partnership with state and local Authorities, the child was recovered and returned to their legal guardian in Iowa, bringing to close a case that has haunted local investigators and family members for years.
Exploited teens located and returned to Iowa
In January 2021, U.S. Marshals in Illinois recovered a missing 14-year-old from central Iowa after investigators discovered ads featuring the juvenile involved in sex trafficking. The juvenile was recovered at a motel in the act of being trafficked. In 2020, another missing 17-year-old was taken from central Iowa and subjected to human trafficking in Mississippi and Tennessee. Marshals tracked her location to a home in Mississippi, where she was recovered and brought back to Iowa.
“For these kids on the run, life on the streets can be extremely dangerous and unforgiving” said Deputy Marshal Christopher Siemens, Missing Child Unit Liaison in the Northern District of Iowa. “Often they have no financial resources to sustain themselves, resulting in the selling of sex acts as a means to survive.”
“This operation is the first missing child operation by the U.S. Marshals Service in Iowa,” said U.S Marshal for the Northern District of Iowa Doug Strike. “Our message to missing children and their families remains, and to echo Director Washington’s vision for this mission, the U.S. Marshals here in Iowa will never stop looking for you.”
“The key to success, for these projects, involves a joint effort by public safety, working as ONE-entity with ONE-goal: Keeping our children safe through the apprehension of these critical offenders,” said U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Iowa Ted Kamatchus.
Nationwide, more than 50 local task forces are dedicated to violent crime reduction by locating and apprehending wanted criminals. These task forces also serve as investigation hubs for missing and exploited juveniles throughout the country. During Operation Homecoming, the Southern Iowa Fugitive Task Force and the Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force fulfilled these roles, investigating missing juvenile cases alongside the following agencies: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, The Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa Department of Human Services, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, the Webster County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Ames Police Department, the Waterloo Police Department, the Des Moines Police Department, the Dubuque Police Department, the North Liberty Police Department, the Cresco Police Department, and the Fort Dodge Police Department.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.13: Louis John DiFazio, 64 years-of-age, of Manchester, NH was arrested during the early morning hours by officers from the Manchester Police Department. DiFazio was being sought on a federal arrest warrant which was issued by the U.S. District Court in Concord, NH. This warrant alleges that DiFazio was in violation of his conditions of supervised release after being previously convicted and sentenced on a 2005 bank robbery charge.
Machester Police Arrest U.S. Marshals ‘Fugitive of the Week’ DiFazio had been featured as the “Fugitive of the Week” on March 3rd it was aired on WTPL-FM, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph, The Patch, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Manchester Information, the Manchester Ink Link, the Rochester Voice and prominently featured on the internet. The “Fugitive of the Week” continues to be a very successful tool that has resulted in the location and arrest of over 500 fugitives since its implementation in 2007’
Additionally, the “Fugitive of the Week” was distributed statewide to all law enforcement officers in New Hampshire.
The U.S. Marshals had provided the Manchester Police Department with the wanted poster and some initial information for DiFazio. Based on this poster and being featured as the “Fugitive of the Week,” officers were looking for Mr. DiFazio throughout central Manchester. At approximately 1:00AM this morning, officers observed a male walking in the 800 block of Elm Street that strongly resembled DiFazio. The Manchester officers were able to confirm that it was Mr. DiFazio and arrested him without incident. While conducting an inventory of DiFazio’s belongings, a substance believed to be heroin/fentanyl was discovered and he was charged with possession of a controlled drug.
DiFazio was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail, where he was booked on his drug possession charge and held on the federal arrest warrant as well. DiFazio was arraigned on the drug possession charge in Manchester District Court and released on personal recognizance bail. DiFazio will be transferred into federal custody later today and will be held pending his initial court appearance by video in U.S. District Court.
Since the inception of the U.S. Marshals – New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 8,218 arrests (Updated as of 12/16/2020). These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 8 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.05: “ While this joint operation lasted approximately 30 days, HSI Dallas will continue working relentlessly to identify & recover missing children who become vulnerable to human traffickers across the North Texas region,” said HSI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Spradlin. “Our continued collaboration with our local, state and federal law-enforcement partners and non-governmental organizations is vital to combatting this global epidemic.”
North Texas Trafficking Task Force recovers 31 missing children: ‘In early February, the HSI led NTTTF supported by the United States Marshals Service (USMS) for the Northern District of Texas (NDTX) conducted a joint law-enforcement operation to locate the missing children reported through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database and law enforcement partners’
During the month-long operation, NTTTF analysts and special agents discovered that six of the missing children were considered high risk of being sex trafficked, five were runaways located away from their primary residence. The remaining 20 children were returned home or to their juvenile facility of record.
The NTTTF is an HSI Dallas and Northern District of Texas Attorney’s Office-led task force, created to combat human trafficking and rescue trafficking victims. The NTTTF, with assistance from the HSI Dallas Victim Coordinator and DFW area non-government organizations (NGO), assists in rescuing trafficking victims, ensuring their safety by using a victim-centered approach that focuses on the victim’s wellbeing, health and delivery of social services.
The NTTTF provided substantial support and assistance through intelligence analysis and investigative activity, leading to the recovery of all the minors reported missing.
Multiple organizations were comprised of the multi-agency operation to include: The Arlington Police Department, Colleyville Police Department, Dallas Police Department, Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Worth Police Department, Grand Prairie Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is one of the top five locations across the nation for criminal arrests for Human Trafficking, validating the priority and urgency in locating the missing children.
HSI Dallas and the NTTTF partners assisted in providing social services to the recovered children, placing special emphasis on those most vulnerable to sex trafficking.
HSI is the principal investigative arm of DHS and a vital U.S. asset in combatting transnational crime and threats. One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s human trafficking and child exploitation investigations programs are central components of this mission set. HSI is recognized as a global leader in these investigative disciplines, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify and apprehend offenders, prevent human trafficking, prevent transnational child sexual abuse, and help make the internet a safer place for children.