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For Immediate Release

Contact:
February 20, 2014 Joseph Palmer, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of California (415) 730-5243;
USMS Office of Public Affairs, 202-307-9065
U.S. Marshals Task Force Closes 20 Year Old Cold Case
Federal fugitive wanted in San Diego arrested in Santa Rosa

San Francisco, CA – U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe is proud to announce the arrest of Ed Mendoza, 65, in Santa Rosa, CA. Mendoza has been on the run since 1994.

Mendoza was originally arrested in 1994 by DEA agents for his involvement in a cocaine distribution syndicate. Mendoza, who was facing federal allegation of cocaine distribution and conspiracy, was eventually released on a bond in the Southern Judicial District of California. Shortly thereafter, Mendoza failed to report as instructed to subsequent court dates. A federal arrest warrant was later issued, based on allegations that Mendoza violated Title 18 U.S.C. 3146, otherwise known as the “Bail Jumping” statute. U.S. Marshals began an investigation into the whereabouts of Mendoza. However, the trail quickly became cold.

In 2011, the U.S. Marshals led Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force received information that Mendoza may be residing somewhere in Northern California. For three years, Deputy Marshals in San Jose, CA, worked the case in an effort to locate and apprehend Mendoza. On February 13, 2014, Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers developed new information suggesting that Mendoza may be in the San Jose area. The task force, which includes Deputy U.S. Marshals and several other federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, worked throughout the day developing information, but were unable to locate Mendoza.

However, the next morning, acting on information developed from the previous day, members of the task force performing surveillance identified Mendoza exit a residence in Santa Rosa, CA. Mendoza was immediately taken into custody without incident.

“The tireless and relentless pursuit of fugitives by Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers has become a symbol of our resolve for justice,” stated U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe, the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of California. “Throughout our countries history, Deputy Marshals have been at the forefront of the hunt for wanted individuals. This case exemplifies the spirit that the US Marshals have always been famous for. The commitment to never quit, to never give up, is evident in everything we do.”

Following his arrest, Mendoza made his initial appearance in federal court in San Francisco, CA, and will eventually be moved to the Southern District of California to face his original charges, as well as the new bail jumping allegations.

To find information on fugitive’s currently being sought by the U.S. Marshals in Northern California, or to submit a tip on the whereabouts of a fugitive, please visit: http://northerncaliforniamostwanted.org

The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the United States. The U.S. Marshals Service regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.

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

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