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Authority of FBI Agents, Serving As Special Deputy United States Marshals, to Pursue Non-Federal Fugitives

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Regardless of whether federal process is outstanding or anticipated, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have authority to investigate fugitive felons when there is a reasonable basis to believe that doing so will detect or prevent the commission of a federal crime.

U.S. Marshals, including FBI agents serving as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals, have authority under 28 U.S.C. § 566(e)(1)(B) to investigate and pursue fugitives wanted under state felony warrants whenever such action is undertaken pursuant to a special apprehension program approved by the Attorney General.

Where a U.S. Marshal or Special Deputy U.S. Marshal is engaged in an approved investigation of state law fugitives under section 566(e)(1)(B), the marshal’s derivative state sheriff powers under 28 U.S.C. § 564 and the marshal’s inherent authority to take enforcement actions necessary to carry out his federal duties provide valid grounds for the marshal to arrest such fugitives. 

Updated July 9, 2014