Operation North Star III: A High-Impact Fugitive Apprehension Initiative
The U.S. Marshals Service has made a significant impact on public safety by apprehending 4,455 violent fugitives during Operation North Star III (ONS III), its latest high-impact fugitive apprehension initiative.
This operation, spanning three months, aimed to target violent offenders in 20 cities across the United States, resulting in the clearance of 2,818 violent warrants.
These warrants encompassed serious crimes such as homicide, forcible sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and firearms violations.
A Multifaceted Success
During the course of ONS III, law enforcement investigators also achieved notable results in confiscating illegal firearms, seizing more than 555 weapons.
Additionally, they uncovered over $1 million in U.S. currency and confiscated 85 kilograms of illegal narcotics.
This multifaceted success highlights the substantial impact of this operation on reducing violent crime.
Nationwide Collaboration and Jurisdictions
Operation North Star III was carried out in collaboration with law enforcement agencies in 20 primary jurisdictions.
These jurisdictions included cities like Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., among others.
The concerted efforts across these cities played a pivotal role in the operation’s success.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Perspective
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland emphasized the significance of ONS III’s achievements, stating, “Together with our law enforcement partners across the country, the Justice Department is zeroing in on the violent fugitives responsible for the greatest crime in our communities.”
The operation’s success reflects the dedication of law enforcement in targeting the most violent criminals.
Director Ronald Davis and the ONS Strategy
U.S. Marshals Service Director Ronald Davis highlighted the evidence-based strategy behind ONS. He stated, “ONS is an evidence-based strategy that targets the drivers of violence in our communities.”
ONS is a vital part of the Attorney General’s violent crime reduction strategy and underscores the importance of community partnerships and collaboration with local and state law enforcement agencies.
Davis praised the dedication of the U.S. Marshals Service and its partnering law enforcement agencies, along with the support of the community, in achieving successful violence reduction efforts in ONS cities.
A Continuation of Successful Efforts
ONS III represents the third phase of the Operation North Star initiative since July 2022. In total, U.S. Marshals have apprehended more than 6,700 wanted fugitives, including 900 charged with homicide, and have removed over 900 weapons associated with violent crime.
The success of ONS and similar interagency law enforcement operations stems from decades of collaborative efforts between the U.S. Marshals Service, local, state, and federal agencies in tracking down and apprehending dangerous fugitives.