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Authorities arrest 151 southern Illinois fugitives in multi-agency effort

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

Fairview Heights, Ill. – Federal authorities in the Metro East say they've arrested more than 150 people in southern Illinois as part of a week-long effort to round up fugitives.

The arrests were part of a national operation where the feds worked with various state and local police departments.

Don Slaznick is the U.S. Marshal for southern Illinois. He said this is something his office does year round, but the high level of multi-agency coordination is what made this effort different.

"You have to understand, especially for state and locals, who take calls for service throughout the year, it's real hard for them to focus sometimes on their warrants," Slaznick said. "So I guess what we're doing is pooling some of our expertise with their manpower."

Slaznick said most of the arrests were on narcotics charges. Seventeen others were for sexual offenses.

He said authorities targeted these particular suspects because there was good information on their whereabouts.

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