Operation North Star III was carried out by the U.S. Marshals Service with the aim of apprehending the most dangerous criminals. Working in collaboration with state and local law enforcement, they successfully captured more than 4,400 fugitives in a span of just three months across 20 different cities.
During the recent phase of its high-impact fugitive apprehension endeavor, known as Operation North Star III (ONS III), the U.S. Marshals Service has successfully apprehended 4,455 violent fugitives. ONS III specifically targeted individuals with a history of violent offenses in 20 cities across the United States. This operation resulted in the resolution of 2,818 warrants related to various violent crimes such as homicide, forcible sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and firearms violations.Over a span of three months dedicated to this enforcement effort, investigators were also able to confiscate a total of 555 firearms along with more than $1 million in U.S. currency. Additionally, they seized approximately 85 kilograms of illegal narcotics during their operations.The successful outcome of ONS III highlights the dedication and effectiveness of the U.S. Marshals Service in ensuring public safety by apprehending dangerous criminals and removing illicit weapons and drugs from our communities.
The main areas covered by ONS III included Albuquerque, Baltimore, Buffalo in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus in Ohio, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis. Also included were Jackson in Mississippi; Kansas City in Missouri; Los Angeles; Memphis in Tennessee; Milwaukee; New Orleans; New York City itself as well as Oakland in California. Furthermore Philadelphia and Puerto Rico were also under its jurisdiction along with Washington D.C.
"The ONS program is a data-driven approach that focuses on addressing the underlying causes of violence within our communities," remarked Ronald Davis, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service. "It forms an integral part of the Attorney General's strategy to reduce violent crime and relies heavily on community partnerships as well as cooperation with local and state law enforcement agencies. I would like to express my gratitude for the exceptional dedication shown by both the USMS personnel and our collaborative law enforcement partners. Through their joint efforts with community members, significant progress has been made in reducing violence in ONS cities."
This enforcement action signifies the third occurrence of the Operation Notorious Fugitive Sweep (ONS) since July 2022. In total, the U.S. Marshals have successfully captured over 6,700 fugitives who were wanted by law enforcement, including 900 individuals facing charges of homicide. Additionally, they have confiscated more than 900 weapons that are linked to violent crimes. The idea behind collaborative interagency efforts like ONS originated primarily from fugitive task forces operating at regional and district levels. Since the 1980s, the U.S. Marshals Service has pooled their resources and expertise with local, state, and federal agencies to locate and apprehend high-risk fugitives effectively.