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January 22, 1990 | United Press International
A Colombian indicted in Massachusetts on drug trafficking charges was extradited Sunday for trial in the United States, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Joseph Amsili-Cohen, 38, was turned over by Colombian authorities to a team of the Marshals Service's Special Operations Group in Bogota, authorities said. Amsili-Cohen, a native of Morocco and a naturalized citizen of Colombia, was indicted in Boston in 1988 on charges of participating in a cocaine trafficking ring.
August 18, 2003
A man listed on the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 most wanted list was shot to death in a confrontation with authorities, the agency said. Edward Mathis was shot in a Redford hotel room after refusing orders from law enforcement officials to come out, the Marshals Service said. Mathis, 39, was wanted on a Drug Enforcement Administration warrant out of New York. Federal officials say he was the triggerman in a double homicide. Mathis was recently profiled on the TV show "America's Most Wanted."
November 6, 1987 | Associated Press
Authorities on Thursday captured convicted bank robber Elton Royce Winchester, who had been on the run for more than seven years as one of the U.S. Marshals Service's "15 most wanted" fugitives. Winchester, 47, is described by the Marshals Service as "a career criminal" with convictions for bank robbery, burglary, grand larceny, escape and firearms violations. Winchester also is wanted in connection with a slaying in Salinas, Calif., and on drug charges in Florida.
September 11, 1987 | United Press International
President Reagan will nominate John McKay of Anchorage to be U.S. marshal for Alaska, the White House announced Thursday. McKay, who has been with the U.S. Marshals Service since 1976, would succeed William Opel.
November 10, 1987 | Associated Press
Alphonse Persico, 57, the reputed former head of the Colombo organized crime family in New York, was arrested Monday by the U.S. Marshals Service in West Hartford, Conn. Persico had fled in 1980 after being convicted of extortion in connection with alleged loan sharking activity.
February 9, 1992
For an article in the Real Estate section ("Drug War Cross Fire," Jan. 12), author Ron Galperin seems to have done a fair amount of research. Unfortunately, he didn't do enough. As a result, there is a glaring error which I feel compelled to call to your attention. Near the end of the article, Mr. Galperin makes reference to a General Accounting Office (GAO) report that, according to Mr. Galperin, said the U.S. Marshals Service is mismanaging seized properties. Wrong! The report to which he refers is entitled "Asset Forfeiture: Need for Stronger Marshals Service Oversight to Commercial Real Property Seizures", and its obvious Mr. Galperin never read it. Nowhere in the report does GAO accuse the Marshals Service of mismanagement.
February 15, 2013 | By Brian Bennett and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - While a national debate has erupted over the Obama administration's lethal drone strikes overseas, federal authorities have stepped up efforts to license surveillance drones for law enforcement and other uses in U.S. airspace, spurring growing concern about violations of privacy. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it had issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators since 2007, far more than were previously known. Some 327 permits are still listed as active.
June 11, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - There was the leather pouch, crafted in prison, that according to family lore may have contained a message about the escapees' hide-out. There were the flowers, which arrived reliably on special occasions at their childhood home - with no card attached. And when Clarence and John Anglin's mother died in 1978, two men masquerading as women were said to have attended her Florida funeral, despite a swarm of FBI agents nearby. Fifty years after the Anglins joined Frank Lee Morris and slipped away from Alcatraz - the wind-battered federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay - on a raft made of raincoats, tantalizing new morsels trickled out Monday to deepen the enduring mystery of their escape.
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