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Federal Law Enforcement Officials Seek Information Regarding Two Federal Fugitives

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

Federal law enforcement officials are seeking information regarding the location of two persons who have been charged with federal drug, money laundering, and gambling offenses.

The public’s assistance is being sought in the apprehension of Melissa Al Sharairei (also known as Melissa Schermerhorn), age 35, and her husband, Mohammad Al Sharairei, age 33, both of whom were last known to live in Pueblo, Colorado.  Federal warrants have been issued for their arrests due to their failures to appear for court proceedings in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa on October 20, 2014.  According to court records, the two have been charged with maintaining a premises for the distribution of controlled substance analogues, money laundering, and conducting an illegal gambling business.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the Al Sharaireis should call the United States Marshals Service at (319) 362-4411.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated February 19, 2015