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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrest Local Drug Dealer After A Year On The Run



Richmond, VA – In the early morning hours of November 17th, the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested a man who had been wanted for more than a year, and had six felony warrants issued in the city of Richmond. These charges stemmed from a 2013 arrest where almost five pounds of marijuana, stacks of U.S. currency, and a .45 caliber weapon were found at an address on Scott Street in the city’s east end.

Alonza Forbes was taken into custody after the task force developed information that he was likely hiding out at the apartment of a relative. Marshals and task force members conducted an interview at a residence in the Williamsburg Village Apartments in Henrico County. The resident denied that Forbes was inside the apartment; however, when task force members advised the relative that Forbes was seen inside the residence, the relative consented to a search and Forbes was taken into custody without incident. “As soon as I saw myself on channel 12, I knew I was done” stated Forbes immediately after his arrest.

“The apprehension of this fugitive is a direct result of the perseverance of our investigators and the interagency cooperation that exists on our fugitive task force. Our citizens can rest a little easier tonight knowing this drug dealer is behind bars,” said U.S. Marshal Robert Mathieson.

The USMS Regional Fugitive Task Force in Richmond consists of investigators for the U.S. Marshals Service, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Corrections, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Richmond, Chesterfield, Petersburg and Hopewell Police Departments.

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