Operation North Star Yields 255 Arrests and 103 Gun Recoveries in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Marshals Service, in collaboration with the Milwaukee Police, has reported the successful apprehension of 255 fugitives in Milwaukee between June and August as part of the latest phase of Operation North Star.

This nationwide initiative, led by the U.S. Marshals Service of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Fugitive Task Force, operated in conjunction with the Milwaukee Police Department to resolve a total of 417 warrants, including 37 for homicide.

During the course of this third phase of Operation North Star, 103 illegal firearms were also removed from the streets of Milwaukee.

Operation North Star constitutes a crucial component of the Attorney General's Office's broader strategy to combat violent crime. Milwaukee was one of 20 cities included in this third phase.

Milwaukee had previously participated in the second phase of Operation North Star in January 2023, resulting in the arrest of 114 fugitives.

Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman, speaking on the developments, remarked, "We all know the challenges that we are experiencing in Milwaukee, and seeing that we are able to have a force multiplier of individuals, not only from the federal level but also our local partners working together to have that type of impact...We are having true collaboration with evidence."

On a national scale, Operation North Star III achieved 4,455 arrests, clearing 5,221 warrants, and confiscating 555 firearms.

Anna Ruzinski, United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, disclosed plans to conduct another sweep in Milwaukee at the commencement of the next summer, leading up to the Republican National Convention.