U.S. Marshals Service officials said today they have captured 1,495 fugitives in the 10 weeks of Operation Sunrise, a manhunt that focused on state and federal criminals in five cities, including Baltimore.
Scott A. Sewell, U.S. marshal for Maryland, said 258 of the fugitives -- 74 wanted on federal charges and 184 on state charges -- were captured by authorities in the Baltimore-Washington area.
K. Michael Moore, marshals service director, said in New York today that the five task forces seized $1.8 million in cash and property, plus guns, drugs and other contraband valued at $538,150.
"The satisfying irony of the project is that these violent offenders and drug criminals helped to pay for their own capture," Moore said.
A spokesman said Operation Sunrise cost the government about $3.37 million.
The operation targeted fugitive violent criminals and large-scale drug dealers who had evaded arrest or jumped bail and had continued their criminal activities while they remained at large.
The manhunt got off to a successful start in Baltimore Aug. 12, when task force members nabbed Michael Antonio Lucas, a convicted killer from Texas who was wanted on a District of Columbia arrest warrant involving an escape from Lorton Reformatory.
Sewell said the fugitives arrested in the Baltimore-Washington area included 23 people charged with or convicted of murder, out of 47 arrested in the total operation.
Operation Sunrise, the 14th fugitive manhunt conducted by the marshals service in 10 years, included State Police, Baltimore and Baltimore County police, sheriff's deputies from Baltimore and Prince George's County and the Metro Area Task Force, a special Drug Enforcement Administration unit.
The teams operated in Baltimore-Washington, metropolitan Miami, Atlanta, Boston and the New York-New Jersey area.