Nine Fugitives Arrested by U.S. Marshals Task Force

BECKLEY– U.S. marshals said more than two dozen officers from multiple agencies participated in a warrant sweep Thursday in Southern West Virginia that targeted violent federal and state fugitives.

Nine people were arrested, 15 felony warrants were cleared and firearms, a supply of heroin and about 20 pounds of marijuana were seized, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service Southern District of West Virginia CUFFED Fugitive Task Force.

Other charges involving possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, providing false information to law enforcement and narcotics violations are possible.

The news release said the effort is the beginning of a new initiative every quarter that will target outstanding warrants for violent federal and state fugitives.

U.S. marshals said Thursday’s sweep was spearheaded by the Beckley Division of the Cops United Felony Fugitive Enforcement Division Task Force and involved 25 officers from 10 local, state and federal agencies.

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