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U.S. Marshals Arrest 98 Felons In Stockton - Lodi Area

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

Operation Violence Reduction resulted in the arrest of 98 felony fugitives in the Stockton - Lodi area over a six-week period during March and April.

Their crimes include murder, sexual assault, robbery, and weapons and narcotics.

U.S. Marshal Albert Najera says nationwide 383 weapons and 70 kilograms of narcotics were seized and 7,000 fugitives arrested.

"Each one of those suspects has victimized people in this community and we're putting people like this in jail and we're not just standing by and letting things happen in this community," Najera says.

Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones says many of those arrested were gang members.

0416-stockton-bust-jonesStockton Police Chief Eric Jones gives a briefing about Operation Violence Reduction.   Rich Iberra / Capital Public Radio

"Over half had gang affiliation so we're targeting the right individuals that needed to be put in custody." - Eric Jones, Stockton Police Chief

Besides the arrests, 10 missing children were recovered during the operation.

Other cities included in Operation Violence Reduction were Oakland, Atlanta, and Camden, New Jersey.

 Those Arrested In Stockton - Lodi As Part Of Operation Violence Reduction:0416-stockton-bust-mugs1


Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio