- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A total of 41 fugitives have been arrested in Vermont as part of a six-week national enforcement effort to reduce violent crime.

Law enforcement focused on fugitives wanted for violent crimes, including murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, robbery and sexual assault.

They also targeted fugitives with three or more felony arrests for violent crimes and wanted for narcotics, weapons offenses, assault or threats. Gang members and sex offenders were a top priority, the U.S. Marshals Service said Friday.

“The approach was quality versus quantity and was strengthened by working with state and local law enforcement to get the worst of the worst fugitives off the streets,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton.

Of the 41 arrested in Vermont between March 2 and April 10, 23 were considered to be violent offenders. Most of the arrests were in the Chittenden County area, while several were in Addison and Rutland counties, Mike Barron, deputy U.S. Marshal for the District of Vermont, told the Burlington Free Press reported (https://bfpne.ws/1O3dQgr).

Nationally, 7,127 arrests were made, including more than 750 gang members, said David Demag, U.S. Marshal for the District of Vermont. A total of 383 firearms and more than 69 kilograms of illegal narcotics were also seized, he said.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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