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U.S. Marshals Net 72 in Arizona Sweep

A U.S. Marshal-led operation in Arizona yielded 72 felony arrests last week. Named “Operation Southern Star,” the fugitive sweep spanned five days, and involved local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, including U.S. Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Arizona Department of Corrections–all led by the Marshals Service.

"This operation is an example of our commitment to work collaboratively with our state and local law enforcement partners to help make our communities safer," David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona said to Tucson News Now.

Special operations of this nature happen several times a year, and this one focused on fugitives with outstanding warrants for violent crimes and drug offenses in some of the most rural parts of Arizona.

"It sends a clear message that regardless of where fugitives may seek refuge, we will track them down and apprehend them," said Nate Alexander, Deputy U.S. Marshal from the District of Arizona.

One of the arrested criminals was a convicted bank robber who escaped from an Alabama prison work crew, and two others were wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting in Tucson.

"What people need to know in this day and time, throughout our communities, is that law enforcement will continue to do the right thing and protect our citizens," said Graham County Sheriff Preston Allred.

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