DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham is on a dubious list.
The U.S. Marshals Service says Durham is the third highest in the Middle District of North Carolina for fugitive arrests, right behind Winston-Salem and Greensboro.
Federal marshals are considered the best of the best when it comes to locking up violent fugitives. And, they’ve had plenty of success in Durham where the number of captures has steadily increased to a high of 21 in 2015.
“The quicker we can find these folks and get them off the streets the safer the community is,” said U.S. Marshal Bill Stafford.
Thursday morning, only CBS North Carolina was there as marshals took down a suspected gang member wanted for a string of drive-by shootings in Durham. Stafford said the arrest is an example of the local and federal partners working together to keep the streets safe.
“If they need us we’re there,” Stafford said.
In 2015 the USMS’s fugitive task force tracked down five murder suspects from Durham. “We have the jurisdiction that we can look for them anywhere,” said Stafford.
Right now marshals are looking for two accused killers in separate Durham cases, and at least six men are wanted for sex offenses.
“As an agency we do a very good job of locking people up,” said Stafford.