Sparks Fugitive Nabbed in Australia

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The U.S. Marshals Service announced the return to Nevada today of international fugitive Justin Pace. Pace was arrested last September in Reno by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for possessing multiple handguns.

Due to his criminal history, Pace is prohibited from owning or handling any firearms. After being released on bond, Pace fled the country in October, apparently to avoid prosecution, and flew to the Philippines.

The Marshals Service tracked Pace to Manila, and began a joint investigation with the U.S. State Department and the Philippine government. Pace knew he was being actively pursued when he left the Philippines for Australia in March as investigators narrowly missed arresting him at the Manila airport.

With the cooperation of Australian authorities, the Marshals Service located Pace in Melbourne, where he was arrested for immigration violations in April and deported back to the United States in May.

Pace will appear in federal court in Reno on Monday to plead to charges of violations of bond conditions.