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U.S. Marshals

One of the goals of recently passed child legislation was to increase the number of U.S. Marshals dedicated to finding sex offenders.

Most of us were shocked earlier this week hearing about the arrest in Hong Kong, following a 13-month global manhunt, of Kenneth John Freeman  accused of raping his daughter and posting video of the attack on the Internet .

Later in the week you may have seen the story of Billy Ray Whisnant Jr. surrendering to Marshals in Charlotte and being held pending an extradition hearing to Canada. It is easy to view someone arrested in China as an international fugitive but not so easy when it involves fugitives crossing our immediate borders to the north and south.

Will Billy Ray Whisnant Jr. who was involved in alleged flight from Canada be indicted for international parental kidnapping? You have to wonder how international Canada is based on this 2003 U.S. Marshall press release.

In the press release for the capture of  Richard Vallee the word international is not mentioned in the release.

USMS Public Affairs Office
April 18, 2003 (202) 307-9065

DUI Arrest Results In U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Capture
Richard Vallee Wanted for Murdering a Government Witness

 
U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted fugitive Richard VALLEE was arrested Thursday night in Montreal, Canada, after years on the run. A surveillance team spotted Vallee entering a massage parlor, and a heavily-armed tactical team was put on alert. After exiting the establishment, Vallee’s identity was verified, he was confronted by law enforcement officers and surrendered without resistance.

 

Vallee was wanted on charges stemming from the car-bombing murder of Lee Carter on July 28, 1993 near Champlain, New York. Carter was a cooperating witness for the government in a cocaine smuggling and criminal activities case against Vallee and other members of his Hell’s Angels outlaw motorcycle gang chapter. It is alleged that Vallee built and placed the car bomb which killed Carter. He was indicted in this case by the U.S. District Court in Albany, New York in August 1996

Even the most recently featured U.S. Marshal’s offices were opened south of the border.

The U.S. Marshals Service, which has statutory responsibility for all international, federal and state extraditions, International Fugitives  (Extra-territorial investigations)

The U.S. Marshals Service defines international fugitives as, fugitives wanted in the United States who have fled to foreign countries to avoid prosecution or incarcerationInteraction with numerous law enforcement agencies and representatives of foreign governments is  daily occurrence.  The U.S. Marshals Service is constantly networking to establish and improve relationships with foreign governments to enhance its ability to apprehend fugitives seeking refuge in foreign countries. 

In 2003, the U.S. Marshals Service opened field offices in Mexico City, Mexico; Kingston, Jamaica; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  The focus of these offices is to coordinate U.S. Marshals Service fugitive investigations with law enforcement in each country to coordinate arrests, extraditions, and deportations.  In addition, the U.S. Marshals Service develops on-going training programs for these countries in fugitive investigation techniques and officer survival.

So how may people are extradited or deported by U.S. Marshalls?

International Extraditions

The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for carrying out extraditions to the United States from foreign countries and for supporting extraditions to foreign countries from the United States: a complex task involving coordination among the Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs; the State Department, foreign governments, U.S. embassies, and U.S. Marshals Service district offices.  The extradition process involves country clearance, threat assessments and security arrangements, travel arrangements, and any necessary medical assessment and accommodations.  In fiscal year 2006, the U.S. Marshals Service coordinated 685 extraditions/deportations.

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