An operation mounted by the United States Marshals Service, known as Operation North Star IIresulted in the capture of more than 800 fugitives accused of serious crimes such as rapes, assaults, robberies and others.
“The results of this operation should make it clear that the Department of Justice and our partners across the country will stop at nothing to find and bring to justice those responsible for violent crimes,” said US Attorney General Merrick Garland, as quoted in a Justice Department statement Monday.
It’s about the Operation North Star, North Star in Spanish. The raid lasted about a month and led to the capture of criminals on the run operating in ten US cities: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Buffalo, New York; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Jackson, Mississippi; Kansas City, Missouri; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Oakland, Calif.; as well as Puerto Rico.
Among those captured is Edwin Padilla-López, who was found on February 3 in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and “was wanted for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances in the municipalities of Caguas, Cidra and Aguas Buenas.”
One of the men who had been considered one of the most dangerous in recent times, Antonio Jenkins, was also captured. The fugitive was arrested in Wisconsin, and was wanted for possession of a firearm and for the sale and use of a machine gun.
The work, according to the Department of Justice, was carried out in coordination with various local, state and federal agencies in the United States.