Over 35 Fugitives Arrested in New Hampshire during Operation Violence Reduction
US marshals carried out a six-week sweep known as Operation Violence Reduction (VR7). In the operation, more than 35 fugitives, gang members, sex offenders and violent criminals were arrested from New Hampshire.
At the national level, there were 7,100 arrests. "Operation VR7 was not about increasing arrest numbers, but rather an effort to further protect communities by targeting the most dangerous felony fugitives", said US Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton.
Hylton said rather than quantity, they have focused on quality. They have strengthened the operation with the help of community leaders and local enforcement. Main aim of the operation is take off the worst fugitives off the street.
US Marshal for New Hampshire David Cargill Jr. said that the drug epidemic has been affected the state badly. It is affecting the quality of life for everyone. Cargill said that the drug problem is the root cause of many criminal activities in New Hampshire, including robberies, weapon offenses, burglaries, assaults and drug sales.
The US Marshals-N. H. Joint Fugitive Task Force said that they have arrested another 37 fugitives on other offenses. The New Hampshire Union Leader has asked to provide the names of people arrested and their charges.
The fugitives targeted nationwide were the ones on the demand-list for murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, arson, abduction/kidnapping, sexual assault and child molestation.
The investigators have also focused on fugitives having three or earlier felony arrests for severe crimes and weapon offenses, assault/ battery and threats. The New Hampshire operation was based on the southern portion of the state.