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U.S. Marshals Apprehend More Than 80 Fugitives in ABQ Metro Area

By: ABQRAW staff

Posted: 2/14/2023 @ 5:15PM

U.S. Marshals work to apprehend a suspect in the Albuquerque metro area. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Marshals)


Albuquerque, N.M. – The U.S. Marshals Service recently conducted a high-impact fugitive

apprehension initiative focusing on the country’s most violent offenders in 10 cities across the nation, to include Albuquerque, New Mexico. This 30-day initiative, called Operation North Star II (ONS II). The operation resulted in the arrest of more than 80 fugitives, gang members, sex offenders and violent criminals in the Albuquerque Metro area.


The U.S. Marshals Service used its multi-jurisdictional investigative authority

and fugitive task force network to arrest 61 state/local fugitives and 27 federal fugitives. 11 firearms were seized as a result of these arrests. Additionally, one missing child was recovered.

The U.S. Marshals office of District of New Mexico held a press conference with local media to recap the operation. The U.S. Marshals office was flanked by local and federal law enforcement partners.

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U. S. Marshal Sonia Chavez


“The success of Operation North Star II is based on its laser focus on the most significant drivers of violence. We are confident that apprehending these offenders will bring a level of justice to their victims and contribute to the overall violence reduction efforts in each city.”

“This joint effort sends a strong message to those who continue to commit violent crime in

Albuquerque,” said Sonya K. Chavez, U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico.

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full press conference here


One of the notable operations was when U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement were trying to apprehend a violent felon and the house caught on fire. Story here: https://www.abqraw.com/post/federal-felon-tries-hiding-in-freezer-to-avoid-capture

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