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For Immediate Release

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October 04, 2011 SDUSM Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia
(912) 652-4577
Savannah Fugitive Captured in South Carolina

Savannah, GA – A Savannah man wanted by the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department was arrested by the Savannah Office of the United States Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Beaufort-Jasper Multi Agency Drug Task Force on October 4, 2011 in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Dwayne Smith, 31, was being sought on three warrants by the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department charging him with Aggravated Assault, Armed robbery, and Possession of a Firearm. The incident happened on May 20, 2011 in Savannah, Georgia. Smith was from the Bluffton, South Carolina area.

The case was referred Savannah Office of the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force in September of 2011. The Savannah Task Force conducted an extensive investigation over the last couple of weeks and had received information that Smith was going to turn himself in. Smith never surrendered to authorities. The Task Force generated a new possible address in Bluffton, South Carolina. The Savannah Task Force and the Beaufort-Jasper Multi Agency Drug Task Force went to #5 Maiden Cane Court in Bluffton, South Carolina and arrested Smith without incident. Smith was transported to the Beaufort County Jail to await extradition back to Georgia. Through the excellent coordination between the Marshals Task Force and local law enforcement, a dangerous felon was taken off the street.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined.

The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices: Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah. The task force covers the whole state of Georgia. The Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of investigators from the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Marshals Service. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. In 2010, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 81,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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