WAUSAU - A U.S. Marshals Service task force swept across central Wisconsin looking for fugitives, arresting 15 people and discovering that one wanted person had died.
The Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force conducted the search in Marathon and Wood counties between Aug. 29 and Sept. 1.
The four-day sweep, named Operation Hot Shot, led to the closing of one federal warrant and 24 state warrants, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service. Officers discovered that one of the fugitives had died out of state, according to the release.
The Fugitive Task Force included officers from the Wood, Marathon, Dane and Oneida counties' sheriff's offices, as well as the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and state Division of Criminal Investigation.
The operation was intended to make communities in the two counties safer and hold the fugitives accountable, said Kim Gaffney, U.S. marshal for the Western District of Wisconsin.
Among those arrested was Nicholas Morehouse, 43, who was wanted on Marathon County warrants for a parole violation, as well as methamphetamine possession with intent to distribute and drug paraphernalia possession.
Justin Mike, 35, was wanted on several Wood County warrants including methamphetamine possession, carrying a concealed weapon and felony assault.
Christina Abbott, 41, was arrested on a federal probation warrant as well as new recommended charges from the Stevens Point Police Department of suspicion of methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver, maintaining a drug trafficking place, and drug paraphernalia possession.
No one was injured during the sweep and arrests, according to the news release.
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