In May the Federal court had handed out indictments on 18 of the most violent gang affiliates. A raid was conducted by the FBI where 14 were located and placed into custody. In the weeks that followed 2 more were located ranging from Atlanta to Baltimore and the most wanted fugitive captured on June 28th.
“Deputy Adam Reynolds was first on scene with K9 Ruger, he checked the scene, obtained a scent article, and bagged it. The agents were supplied to Adam as a cover team. I contacted Adam, he said K9 Ruger was pulling hard and they had located footprints crossing a stream and disturbance throughout the woods. He said his dog was starting to tire due to the heat and high humidity. He exited the woods onto the road where we then switched out dogs to utilize K9 Zwei. After casting we presented Zwei with the bagged scent article, he quickly resumed where Ruger and Adam stopped. After a short distance we found where someone had laid next to the road, we continued crossing the road entering another wooded area. You could visibly see where someone had crossed a field, taking the dew off of the grass as they ran. After crossing the field and working through another wooded area the dogs were again switched. K9 Ruger scented off of the scent article and continued on, we encountered the same types of vegetation disturbance throughout the trail. Adam was able to communicate K9 Rugers movements to all of us covering him. He led approximately ¾ mile when he started to slow. We don’t want to risk harm to our K9s so it was switch time again. K9 Zwei took to a trail again where K9 Ruger had left off, it was like being in a relay race. K9 Zwei had a strong committed pull which quickly led down a roadway another ¾ mile that led onto a property and behind a residence. The K9 Zweis body language changed as he went under a building and became excited. I told Adam what I observed and told him to cover me. We went around the side of the building and in front before we were questioned by an agent of what we thought. I told them of everything we had done and our findings. A consent to search by the homeowners was permitted, the agents cleared the house before entering the building we were at. It was there the wanted fugitive was located hidden behind boxes on the floor. He was taken into custody for the charges of: 11 counts of murder; 4 counts of conspiracy to commit murder; 3 counts of racketeering; and 1 count of gang affiliation.