FIRST ON FOX: U.S. Marshals round up 200+ of Baltimore's most violent
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - More than 200 of Baltimore’s most violent fugitives have been quietly arrested during the past few weeks.
FOX45 traveled along with the U.S. Marshals service as they made some of their rounds searching for suspects wanted for murder, in some of Baltimore’s most dangerous neighborhoods.
One East Baltimore resident was eager to thank the officers for the sweep.
Lisa Limnios said: "If you’re coming in and swatting, that individual needs to get. I think its excellent."
Sixteen of the suspects are members of the Black Guerilla gang, according to the governor’s office.
Ten were wanted for murder.
More than $100,000 was seized during the busts. Weapons were confiscated as well.
The governor's initiative, titled “Operation Seven Sentries” (OSS), took place from Jan. 16 through Feb. 15.
The operation has been underway since January.
The Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, had asked the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) to collaborate with the Maryland State Police (MSP) in coordinating a Baltimore City-wide initiative targeting the most violent fugitives with the goal of reducing violent crime in Baltimore City. A special emphasis was placed on the most violent repeat offenders.
The premise of this operation is arresting the most violent fugitives from justice.
According to federal agents:
The subjects targeted by this initiative met one or more of the following criteria:
• Be the subject of an arrest warrant and possess a history of violent criminal record.
• Be the subject of an arrest warrant issued in conjunction with the commission of a part one crime as defined by the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
• Be the subject of an arrest warrant issued in conjunction with the sale or possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
• Be the subject of an arrest warrant and be a known gang member.
• Be the subject of an arrest warrant issued in conjunction with failing to register as a sex offender.
It was a joint effort with Federal, State and local law enforcement.
It included: The United States Marshals Service, District of Maryland, and the Maryland State Police were assisted by the following participating agencies in the Operation: Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office, Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Probation and Parole, Howard County police, Montgomery County Police, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Baltimore County Police Department, Prince Georges County Police Department, Prince Georges County Sheriff’s Office, Charles County Police Department, Metropolitan Police Department, Chesterfield Police Department, Hopewell Police Department, Colonial Heights Police Department, Virginia Department of Corrections, Virginia State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Secret Service.