For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Marshals Service has conducted a high-impact national fugitive apprehension initiative focusing on the country’s most violent offenders.  As a result of the six-week long, U.S. Marshals-led operation dubbed Operation Violence Reduction 12, more than 130 fugitives, gang members, sex offenders and violent criminals are off the streets in the Eastern District of Tennessee. 

“From Chattanooga to Bristol, Deputy U.S. Marshals along with sheriff deputies and local police officers partnered up to make the safety of our citizens a priority. We are glad to see the results of such a great working relationship,” said Jimmy Fowler, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

In addition to the arrests, the operation also resulted in the confiscation of four firearms and almost 800 grams of drugs, ranging from cocaine and meth to marijuana and prescription pills.

“I am thankful for our partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service, where we are able to take the bad guys off the street,” stated Chattanooga Police Department Chief Fred Fletcher.

The Operation Violence Reduction 12 arrested Dominique Cal, a known gang member in the city of Chattanooga, Cal was wanted for Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. On February 24, 2016, members of the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force were able to locate and apprehend Cal in Chattanooga.