PETERSBURG, Va. (WTVR) - The U.S. Marshals Service just wrapped up operation, “September to Remember,” in Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights.
The operation began on Tuesday and since then, state troopers, U.S. Marshals and police within the Tri-Cities have arrested 40 people.
The accused were wanted for a number of crimes, including assaults, weapons offenses and possession of dangerous drugs.
U.S. Marshal Robert Mathieson says a lot of those arrested are felons and repeat offenders who managed to remain hidden in the community for months and in some cases, years.
Mathieson also says once word got around that US Marshals were in town, one person just gave up and turned himself in before the operation began.
"There are a number of people who heard that we were looking for them and fled the state. I'd like to take this opportunity to tell those who are within ear shot of this press conference, to turn themselves in,” said Mathieson.
Even though this particular operation is over, police are still looking to capture a number of wanted felons this weekend. In 2011, U.S. Marshals captured more than 36,000 fugitives across the country.