U.S. Marshals capture Savannah fugitive

U.S. Marshals capture Savannah fugitive

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Savannah man wanted on drug and weapon charges has been arrested on Sept. 23 by the United States Marshals Service Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, members of the Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department/ATF "SARGE" task force and SCMPD Patrol Units.

Willie Lee "Chill" Smith, 29, was wanted by SCMPD on six warrants, four separate charges of sale of crack cocaine, and two warrants for firearms violation including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.  According to a press release from U.S. Marshals, the drug sales charges stem from warrants dating back to April 2012.

The Savannah Area Regional Gun Enforcement Task Force is a unit made up of SCMPD detectives and ATF agents in charge with investigating gun crimes.  After the investigation conducted by SARGE, six warrants were taken out on Smith.  The SARGE task force sought help of the Marshals Fugitive Task Force to help find Smith.  According to the U.S. Marshals, the task forces received information that Smith may have been at 105 Cornwall St. on Sept. 21. During the early morning hours on Sept. 23, the Marshals Fugitive Task Force, SARGE Task Force members and SCMPD Patrol units arrested Smith without incident, who was taken to the Chatham Co. jail to await charges.

According to a press release, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of over 36,000 federal fugitives annually.  More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined.  In 2011, U.S. Marshals' task forces arrested more than 86,000 state and local fugitives, clearing over 113,000 warrants.

The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices in Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah that covers the entire state of Georgia. The Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team made up of investigators from the Georgia Dept. of Corrections, the Chatham Co. Sheriff's Dept., SCMPD, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, the McIntosh Co. Sheriff's Dept., the Liberty Co. Sheriff's Dept., the Bulloch Co. Sheriff's Dept., the Beaufort Co. Sheriff's Dept., and the U.S. Marshals Service.  The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies.

For more information about the U.S. Marshals, visit http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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