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U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2003
U.S. MARSHALS ANNOUNCE ARREST OF "15 MOST WANTED" FUGITIVE
SIDNEY MARVIN LEWIS IN ISRAEL
"Sidney Lewis eluded justice for 13 years, but his life as a fugitive is over," said Director Reyna, "because of the determination of Deputy U.S. Marshals and their law enforcement colleagues. This is a major victory for law enforcement."
Lewis had been named in a three-count indictment in October 1989 on charges of conspiracy to import with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana (hashish). According to the court papers, Lewis allegedly purchased and registered the sea-going vessel Lady Brigid and used it to import a shipment of hashish, estimated at 25 tons. The indictment alleges that he and his co-conspirators leased a docking facility on the Columbia River, near Columbia City, Ore., to off-load the hashish, then removed the illegal narcotics to various locations in the region.
Deputy marshals recently developed new information that Lewis may be
living in Israel. They worked with State Department diplomatic security
agents stationed in the country to be on the lookout for the fugitive.
Once located, the Israeli Ministry of Justice issued a provisional arrest
warrant and Lewis was arrested by police in the country.
Lewis was originally arrested near Columbia City in September 1989 after U.S. Customs Service and Drug Enforcement Administration agents, along with Oregon State Police, seized the large shipment of hashish; he was being detained in Portland, Ore. He was granted a holiday furlough to his home in Massachusetts in November 1989. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the furlough release and a new detention hearing was sent for January 1990. Lewis failed to appear at the hearing and remained a fugitive until his capture last week. Lewis being held in Israel pending removal proceedings.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation's oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. Last year, U.S. Marshals cleared 36,304 federal fugitive warrants and cleared an additional 32,759 state and local fugitive warrants through USMS co-operative task forces. For more information on this and other major cases, go to www.usmarshals.gov.