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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

U.S. Marshals Conclude Targeted Gang Operation

Multi Agency Two Week Operation leads to 104 Arrests

Oakland, CA – The U.S. Marshals in the Northern and Eastern District of California today announce the conclusion of a two week operation which resulted in the arrest of 104 wanted violent fugitives and gang members from throughout the region.

Centered in the cities of Oakland and Sacramento, the United States Marshals Service’s Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, along with several state and local agencies, conducted a two week high-risk fugitive initiative targeting gang members and violent offenders. These fugitives, whose charges ranged from probation violations to murder, were singled out because of their propensity to commit violence in the streets of California, whether through the crime itself or through their gang associations and their violent backgrounds.

The operation resulted in the arrests of 104 individuals, 27 of whom were known gang members. During the operation, 8 firearms were also recovered. Additionally, 10 grams of Cocaine, 2 pounds of Methamphetamine, and one pound of black tar heroin were seized. Of the 9 arrests for murder/attempted murder, 7 were wanted by the Oakland Police Department. The 104 arrests were broken down as follows:

    104 Total Arrests
    9 Murder/Attempted Murders
    9 Assaults
    14 Burglary/Robberies
    10 Weapons Offenses
    3 Sexual Offenses
    2 Failure-to-appear/report
    32 Narcotics/Drug Offenses
    1 Fraud
    24 Parole/Probation Violations

“This operation, as with past operations we have conducted in a similar fashion, continue to highlight the efforts and the ability of the federal government to fight crime at the local, as well as regional and national level,” said U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe. “As we all know, crime is not contained to major cities, and criminals have vast networks throughout the region and the nation which help them to hide from justice and facilitate the commission of additional crimes. As we continue to discover, crime in Oakland does not always stay in Oakland. Criminals move in and out of city borders, using their regional and national criminal associations and networks to avoid capture. With the resources of the United States Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Forces, we are uniquely positioned to be able to intercept these criminals and bring them to justice.”

“My office applauds the extraordinary work of the U.S. Marshals Service and all the other law enforcement agencies in removing these high-risk fugitives from our communities and keeping our cities safe,” U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said. “These people need to understand that no matter where they go, or how hard they try to hide, we will use the resources of the federal government to find them and hold them accountable for their actions.”

Among those arrested during the operation were the following individuals:

    Alpacino McDaniels – DOB: 07/01/1985 - Charged with Murder – McDaniels was wanted for his role in a murder which took place on the 800 block of Meade Ave, in West Oakland, in 2013. McDaniels was located in Rancho Cordova, CA, by the US Marshals Task Force on June 17, 2014, and taken into custody without incident. McDaniels is alleged to have been associated with the “Meade Street Boys.”

    Brian Infante – DOB: 01/05/1973 – Charge with Rape - Infante was wanted for rape by the San Francisco Police Department since early 2014. Infante was found and apprehended without incident in San Leandro, CA, by a team from the U.S. Marshals Northern District of California.

    Julian Contreras – DOB: 04/18/1992 - Charged as a Parolee at Large and with Attempted Murder - Contreras was wanted by the Napa Police Department with attempted murder after an incident in 2014 where Contrares, along with several other individuals, allegedly robbed a home and accosted and individual inside. Contreras is alleged to have ties to the “Norteno” gang in Napa, CA. Contreras was located at a home in Sacramento, CA, by a team from the U.S. Marshals Service and taken into custody without incident.

    Douglas Chenelle – DOB: 04/27/1942 - Charged with Sexual Battery – Chenelle was wanted by the Vallejo Police Department for an assault of a person in a wheelchair. Chanelle was a caregiver at a Vallejo facility which cared for mentally and physically disabled adults and children. Chanelle was located by Vallejo Police Detectives and U.S. Marshals on June 19, 2014, in Vallejo, and taken into custody without incident.

This operation was a joint effort, consisting of teams from the U.S. Marshals Eastern District and Northern Districts of California, the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the following agencies:

    Fairfield Police Department
    Vallejo Police Department
    Solano County Sheriff’s Department
    Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)
    California Highway Patrol
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF)
    Sacramento County Probation
    Stockton Police Department
    California Department of Corrections
    Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office
    Oakland Police Department
    San Francisco Police Department
    Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
    San Jose Police Department
    Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office
    Fremont Police Department
    Long Beach Police Department
    San Francisco Sheriff’s Office
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
    Santa Clara Co Specialized Enforcement Team (SCCSET)

The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the United States. 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.

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