Newark. U.S. Marshals Service Operation ‘Cold Turkey’ helps to locate noncompliant sex offenders from Passaic County

| 17 Dec 2021 | 12:02

    The U.S. Marshals Service has conducted an enforcement initiative focusing on the location and arrest of non-compliant sex offenders with active Failure to Register warrants from Passaic County, N.J.

    This enforcement initiative, dubbed Operation “Cold Turkey,” resulted in the arrest of 16 convicted sex offenders throughout the state and two others being sought for new sex offenses. In addition, five offenders have been located out-of-state and facing possible federal charges.

    “In working with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, we were able to locate and apprehend a number of dangerous sex offenders throughout the state of New Jersey,” said U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos Jr. “The communities they lived in while unregistered can feel more secure knowing that federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are continuing to work to get these offenders back in compliance.”

    In addition, Operation Cold Turkey has generated multiple leads for sex offenders who have traveled out-of-state, knowingly failed to register, and are now in possible violation of the Adam Walsh Act.

    The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 provides that “In order to protect the public from sex offenders and offenders against children...” the “Attorney General shall use the resources of Federal law enforcement, including the United States Marshals Service, to assist jurisdictions in locating and apprehending sex offenders who violate sex offender registration requirements.

    For more information about the U.S. Marshal Service and its sex offender operations, visit