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Published August 18, 2011, 10:13 PM

High Plains Fugitive Task Force works to clean up the metro

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - In just more than eight months, the U.S. Marshals High Plains Fugitive Task Force has successfully executed more than 500 warrants, bringing some of the most wanted, violent offenders back to justice.

In just more than eight months, the U.S. Marshals High Plains Fugitive Task Force has successfully executed more than 500 warrants, bringing some of the most wanted, violent offenders back to justice.

The High Plains Fugitive Task Force executes dozens of warrants a week. Some lead to temporary dead ends, while others land fugitives right here in county jail.

Dan Orr – Chief Deputy US Marshal: “Just about every day they're out there putting people in handcuffs and getting them into the court system.”

Being a part of the High Plains Fugitive Task Force means every warrant served could put you in a life or death situation.

David Behm – High Plains Fugitive Task Force: “Well you just have a heightened sense of awareness to your surroundings, what's going on, how your team is working. Anything can happen when you're knocking on that door.”

Some fugitives are wrangled right at home, other times the task force catches them at their place of employment...and sometimes a knock on the door leads to nothing.

Behm: “We're going to follow our best lead first.”

Today's three warrants resulted in two arrests. One, Justin Gawryluk, was brought in quietly on 10 counts of possession of certain materials prohibited, including sexually explicit images of underage girls. Walter Kania wasn't so quiet.

Behm: “He didn't have a shirt on, didn't have shoes, we were going to take him to the jail, we attempted to get him shirt and shoes and he became non compliant.”

He is being charged with making terroristic threats, failure to appear in court, and failure to comply with the 24-7 program. That's arrest number 537 and 538 in less than 300 days on the job.

Orr: “We were pretty confident that this would be a very successful venture and it has been.”

The Task Force is a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Probation Office, the Cass County Sheriff's Department and the Marshals office.

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