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Michigan fugitive caught in Southern Nevada by authorities

Posted at 9:12 AM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 12:12:44-04

NEVADA (KTNV) — Members of the U.S. Marshals Service and Fugitive Investigative Strike Team (NV FIST) located 44-year-old fugitive Darnell Cooley on May 28 in Southern Nevada.

Authorities say Cooley fled from Michigan and has an extensive violent criminal history. He was wanted on new federal charges out of Michigan for Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime and a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

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With support from the North Las Vegas Police Department (NLVPD), Problem Solving Unit (PSU), and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), a search warrant was obtained for the third party address Cooley was believed to be residing.

After the execution of the warrant by NLVPD SWAT, Cooley was safely taken into custody, according to authorities.

"The deputies of our task force continue to impress with their resourcefulness. Their hard work and dedication to locating these fugitives is invaluable to the Las Vegas community," said U.S. Marshal Gary Schofield.

Cooley is temporarily being housed at the Henderson Detention Center pending his extradition back to Michigan.

The United States Marshals Service is the nation's oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals report they arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.