Don O’Keefe, the United States Marshal for the District of Northern California announced the extradition of Lionel Scott Harris from Venezuela.
U.S. State Department Agents in San Francisco, working with Deputy United States Marshals, located and arrested Harris in Venezuela earlier this year. Harris was convicted of importing marijuana into the United States in excess of 1,000 Kilograms in 1990. Harris failed to appear for sentencing and is thought to have fled to Venezuela at that time.
Harris was extradited to the United States, September 19, 2011, and is in the custody of the United State Marshals Service in Miami. Harris is expected to return to the Northern District of California where he will be sentenced on the criminal conviction from 1990, as well as face possible new charges for failure to appear.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency conducting both domestic and international fugitive investigations.
The U.S. Marshals Service regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.
This article was published by the US Marshals Service on September 20, 2011.
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