A Washington Examiner reader in Fredericksburg, Va., helped U.S. marshals nab a heroin dealer they had been hunting for more than 12 years.
Denise "Neesy" McCall was wanted for multiple parole violations on a 1995 charge of distribution of heroin in the District of Columbia. Authorities said they believed she was using an alias, possibly with the last name of Horton, and first names of Wanda or Donna.
A man called Deputy U.S. Marshal Tony Campos to say that he saw McCall's story in the Examiner and that she had been living in Fredericksburg for the last 10 years. He said he had just dropped her off in the District to be processed for the outstanding warrant, and he wanted to know when he could get the $500 reward for her arrest.
Campos was delighted that the reader came forward with the information.
"We are pleased to know that members of the community are willing and able to assist law enforcement in our efforts to make this city a safer place," Campos said.
Tips from readers of the Washington Examiner have led directly to the capture of 17 "Most Wanted" fugitives featured in the paper each week, including a two-time convicted murderer, an Adams Morgan mugger, and a kidnapping suspect who had narrowly escaped from police in a wild shootout near the National Arboretum. Two weeks ago, marshals arrested a wanted man who was part of a check-fraud ring after they got a tip from an Examiner reader while investigating another case. The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, run by the U.S. Marshals Service, is comprised of 30 federal, state and local agencies from Baltimore to Norfolk. The unit has captured more than 29,000 wanted fugitives since its creation in 2004.