Wednesday, April 04, 2001

Pact uses federal 727 to extradite

The Cincinnati Enquirer


        COVINGTON — Kenton County undercover agents are going to use a Boeing 727 to bring the county's most dangerous felons back to face the charges on their outstanding warrants.

        The use of the U.S. Marshal's Service aircraft — “jails in the air” — is just one of the perks of Kenton County's joining the Central Kentucky Fugitive Task Force, a move announced by Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn on Tuesday.

        “Two undercover agents now working as Kenton County sheriff's deputies will be special deputies for the Marshal's Office,” Sheriff Korzenborn said.

        The two deputies, who make up the county's Fugitive Apprehension Team, will be allowed to use arrest powers to make extradition from other states and countries easier for the county to handle, saving money and helping the office reduce its 600-plus outstanding felony warrants.

        Acting Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Terry Merrow of the Eastern District Office in Lexington said, “Both agencies benefit from the arrangement. They're given a little more arrest power. They assist us and we assist them in locating federal state and local fugitives.” The task force is a “co-op agreement between the state and the Marshal Service to move the prisoner,” and does not involve extra expenditure.

        Already, three officers from the Lexington/Fayette Metro Police Department, two deputies from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office and one trooper from the Kentucky State Police enjoy the special deputy powers, the use of the aircraft and the access to special tracking technology, Mr. Merrow said.

        “Bringing in Kenton County is going to help on the Northern Kentucky side,” she said. The marshal's office in Lexington recently extradited someone from Spain. The agency was heavily involved in the apprehension of seven Texas prison escapees last winter.

        “We are in the process of tracking a fugitive that is wanted for attempted murder in Kenton County. Through the use of the United States marshal's technology we have tracked this person to another country and we are hoping that this pays off,” Sheriff Korzenborn said.

        The Kenton County sheriff handled about 56 transportations out of the state, which cost the county about $3,000 every time, not accounting for the deputies' time on the clock.

        “We're going to use all the technology available for the violent felons, outstanding robbery warrants and things of that nature,” Sheriff Korzenborn said.

        The Marshal's Service and Kenton County first cooperated on Operation Grinch in December, a sting that results in 75 arrests and 80 cleared warrants.

        Every other week one of the Marshal's Service planes based at Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma City comes through Lexington, Mr. Merrow said. “Two can carry 96 prisoners each; the other one can carry 120 prisoners.”

        Anyone with information about people wanted on outstanding warrants from Kenton County can call the sheriff's office at (859) 431-4830.


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