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140 Phoenix area arrests made by U.S. Marshals in Operation Snake Eyes

Posted at 12:56 PM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 01:18:02-04

PHOENIX — U.S. Marshals made 140 arrests in the Phoenix-area as part of Operation Snake Eyes from August 10 through September 17.

The marshals' Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force was an operation in partnership with the Phoenix Police Department and several other agencies.

Operation Snake Eyes was a targeted enforcement initiative focused on combating the crime spikes seen in parts of the Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic period, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

Law enforcement officers "focused on gang members, violent criminals, and communities with a high degree of violent gun related crimes," said U.S. Marshal David Gonzales.

Dubbed Operation Snake Eyes, the six-week enforcement initiative led to the arrest of 140 violent fugitives, 51 of whom are gang members.

Additionally, 131 firearms and $145,831 in cash was seized along with 3,027 counterfeit Fentanyl pills.

The operation partnered detectives, troopers, agents, prosecutors and deputy marshals from the Phoenix Police Department, Glendale Police Department, Mesa Police Department, Tempe Police Department, the Department of Public Safety, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the United States Attorney’s Office.