The U.S. Marshals Service and the Fugitive Task Force are helping us again with Kentucky's Most Wanted.
Many people don't know much about them, but we were able to go behind the scenes to find out what they do and how they do it.
The Fugitive Task Force in the Lexington office is made up of 7 people from the Lexington Police Department and State Probation and Parole Office. Their job is to track down fugitives. They receive warrants ranging from misdemeanors to felonies from federal, state and even local entities. The Marshals Service basically has no boundaries and can make arrests in any state, U.S. territory, and can even make arrests overseas.
Hunting for fugitives is not the only thing they do. The office has many more roles than just chasing fugitives. The office is also in charge of transportation and protection of witnesses and prisoners. They handle protection and security of federal judges, as well as the Witness Protection Program.
We were with the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force as they rounded up wanted fugitives in Fayette County, and our cameras were rolling when they made several arrests.
They arrested three people with warrants for felony trafficking in controlled substances, probation violation and flagrant non-support. These warrants were handed down to the U.S. Marshals Service from state and county entities.
The task force spends a lot of time on the road gathering information on the fugitives. They'll spend days doing surveillance and conducting interviews with neighbors, family, friends, anyone with a connection to the fugitive they're looking for. It's not uncommon for the task force to be working between 80 and 100 warrants at any one time.
The three who were arrested while we were with them were taken to Fayette County Jail and their cases are pending.