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For Immediate Release

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February 09, 2012 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
Arizona Escapee Arrested

Santa Fe, NM - On February 9, 2012 the United States Marshal Service in Santa Fe along with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Fe Police Department SWAT team arrested Jairo Adair Contreras. Contreras escaped Arizona State Custody and fled to New Mexico where he was attempting to avoid apprehension.

The United States Marshals Service in Arizona and investigators for Local Law Enforcement in Maricopa County developed information that Contreras might be hiding in New Mexico and referred the investigation to the Marshals Service Southwest Fugitive Investigative Team (SWIFT Task Force) in New Mexico. SWIFT Investigators quickly developed information that Contreras was in the Santa Fe, NM area and identified a possible vehicle Contreras was using. SWIFT investigators were able to identify Contreras he entered the vehicle investigators had been watching. Contreras was able to identify an undercover Santa Fe Police Department unit which was assisting with surveillance. Contreras fled in the vehicle which he later abandoned. Contreras, while on foot, made his way back to the original residence. Deputies and Task Force officers established a perimeter around the residence and requested the assistance of the Santa Fe Police Department SWAT unit and Contreras was apprehended without incident. Contreras was booked into the Santa Fe County Detention Center pending extradition to Arizona.

Marshal for the District of New Mexico Conrad E. Candelaria said “The Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico answered the call and has once again given truth to the adage that ‘no fugitive can out run the long-arm of justice’, this fugitive will be returned to Arizona so that justice can be served; a testament to the Marshals Service effectiveness to pursue and apprehend fugitives is due in large part to the many extraordinary partnerships the Marshals Service has with local, county, tribal and state law enforcement agencies”.

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

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