Saturday, August 24, 2013

Federal Fugitive Captured in Long County

Savannah, GA – A Savannah man wanted for Federal Supervised Release Violation by the United States Marshals Service was arrested in Long County, Georgia by the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Long County Sheriff’s Department, and the Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 unit, on August 22, 2013.

Wesley Mark Miller, 32, of Savannah was wanted by the U.S. Marshals for Federal Supervised Release Violation based on a 2003 methamphetamine conviction. Miller was convicted in 2003 for Conspiracy to manufacture, possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to a 120 month sentence to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. His supervised release was previously revoked in April of 2012. His current supervised release term began in September of 2012. The current violation warrant stemmed from an incident that happened in Effingham County on July 13, 2013, when deputies conducted a traffic stop and as the deputy walked up to the window, Miller sped off. A chase ensued and Miller ended up losing control of the vehicle and crashed into several utilities poles. Miller was taken to Memorial Hospital with numerous injuries. At some time during his medical treatment, Miller left the hospital and has been on the run ever since.

The federal warrant was issued on August 8, 2013 and an extensive investigation was conducted to locate Miller. Numerous leads were worked in this case and numerous people were interviewed. Leads were generated that led to a possible location off Marcus Noble Road in Long County, Georgia. Marshals Task Force members, along with the Long County Sheriff’s Department, and the GA DOC K-9 unit went to a trailer in Long County and arrested Miller without incident. Miller was transported to the Liberty County to await his court proceedings.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined. In 2011, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 86,000 state and local fugitives, which cleared over 113,000 warrants.

The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices: Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah. The task force covers the whole state of Georgia. The Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of investigators from the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department, the Hampton County Sheriff’s Department, and the United States Marshals Service. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies.

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