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Community Corrections Warrants Sweep Nets 41 Arrests in Cowlitz County

January 25, 2016

By Kevin Rentner,

Department of Corrections

COWLITZ COUNTY – Community Response Unit and Community Corrections Officers participated in a Operation Ice Breaker during the week of January 11-15. The multi-agency law enforcement operation involved the execution of outstanding felony arrest warrants for sex offenses, crimes of violence, weapons violations and high profile drug cases. In an effort to reduce crime, clear local police agency warrant backlogs, and build law enforcement relationships, the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) teamed up with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Longview Police Department (LPD), Kelso Police Department (KPD), and the Washington State Department of Corrections (WA DOC) to execute Operation Ice Breaker. This two day operation focused on Cowlitz County fugitives.

During this two day operation, forty-one total arrests were made. Out of the forty-one individuals arrested, twenty-six were arrested on DOC violations, and fifteen were arrested on Cowlitz County charges⁄warrants. These arrests yielded six new charges under the Violations of the Uniformed Controlled Substances Act, with approximately seventeen grams of Heroin seized and three grams of Methamphetamine. Additionally, four sex offenders were taken into custody on Failure to Register arrest warrants, and five sex offenders were identified for new Failure to Register charges. Of these five sex offenders, two were adopted by the U.S. Marshals Service and referred for federal prosecution under the Adam Walsh Act.

The PNVOTF is a U.S. Marshals-sponsored partnership comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement officers from Washington, Oregon and Alaska. The primary mission of United States Marshals led Task Forces is to leverage our relationships with federal, state, local, and international law enforcement agencies to locate, arrest, and return to the justice system the most violent, most egregious federal and state fugitives.