273 fugitives arrested in US Marshals 'Operation Justice VI' in Arizona

PHOENIX - Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested 273 fugitives around the Phoenix metro area last week.

"Operation Justice VI" involved over 28 law enforcement agencies from Maricopa and Pinal counties and targeted a thousand fugitives wanted in serious felony crimes, such as rape, robbery and dangerous drugs, according to David P. Gonzales, spokesman for the United States Marshal Service.

The operation resulted in 273 arrests between April 1 and the 4, according to a press release. A total of 336 warrants were cleared in the operation.

Of those arrested, 139 were for drug offenses, 23 for sex offenses, 22 for aggravated assault, 8 for robbery, 7 for weapons offenses, 2 for kidnapping and one for homicide, according to documents.

Authorities seized 11 firearms as well as amounts of marijuana, heroin and meth, according to a release.

Operation Justice in Arizona was started in 2008. The goal is to reduce the number of career criminals in Arizona neighborhoods and to enhance public safety.

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