State Police and U.S. Marshals assist Orange grove Police Department

Orange Grove– On April 1, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force (GCVOFTF) arrested Ruel Valadez, 40.

Valadez was wanted in Jim Wells County for assault on a public servant and terroristic threat.

Early this morning DPS SWAT, U.S. Marshals, Orange Grove Police Department, and Jim Wells Constable Precinct 5 arrested Valadez in the 200 block of County Road 350.

During the arrest an assault rifle, a rifle, and several marijuana plants were seized. Local authorities are still investigating and additional charges may be filed.

Valadez was taken to the JWC jail.

The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Corpus Christi Police Department, Nueces County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of Inspector General, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest violent criminals, gang members, and sex offenders. U.S. Marshals-led task forces arrested 125,957 fugitives in FY 2014, clearing approximately 89,131 state and local and federal warrants. U.S. Marshal task forces combine the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest the most dangerous fugitives.

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