Nearly 120 federal and state fugitives have been arrested as part of Operation Thin Blue Line, an operation by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF).
The operation began on July 21, 2014 and resulted in 117 arrests.
The operation included checking on 171 registered sex offenders living in Northeast El Paso.
Of that number, 144 of them were found to be in compliance, 12 were not verified, two were found in jail, and eight were found to be out of compliance with their sex offender registration requirements.
Robert Almonte, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated “Today we celebrate the culmination of Operation Thin Blue Line and the outstanding partnership of local, state, and federal law enforcement. The residents of the El Paso area should feel comforted by the tremendous work and commitment shown in this month’s collaborative effort. The Marshals Service is proud to work with these dedicated men and woman and we will continue to track down and arrest fugitives on a daily basis.”
Notable arrests from the operation:
- On July 22, 2014, Bryce Doporto and Maritza Mota were arrested on the 4700 block of Sir Gareth in West El Paso.
- Both were wanted for two counts of kidnapping, two counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, one count of robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, possessions of firearms or destructive devices, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
- On August 7, 2014, Teddy Dean Davis was arrested on the 500 block of N. Oregon in downtown El Paso. Oklahoma authorities were looking for Davis for failure to register as a sex offender and failure to appear on an original charge of lewd molestation and indecent proposal to a child.
- On August 12, 2014, Jose Ibanez was arrested in Buffalo, New York by the New York Regional Fugitive Task Force based off of information sent to them by members of the LSFTF. Ibanez was wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, family violence, and violation of a protective order.
Breakdown of warrants cleared through Operation Thin Blue Line:
- 52 Warrants cleared for violent offenses
- 38 Warrants cleared for drug offenses
- 12 Warrants cleared for sex offenses
- 15 Other offenses
- 15 Of these were federal arrests
Participating in Operation Thin Blue Line were: El Paso Police Department, El Paso Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of the Inspector General, Texas Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Border Patrol, United States Diplomatic Security Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, El Paso County District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Marshals Service.