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A convicted sex offender who was arrested early Thursday with methamphetamine and drug distribution materials, is the 200th person arrested by a joint task force that has operated since June.

The man, whose identity has not been released yet, was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and Yakima police officers as part of the “Operation Invictus Civitas” task force, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Invictus is a joint operation between the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, Yakima Police Department’s gang unit and other agencies.

Offender task force members, including officers from the marshal’s service, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and state Department of Corrections, were seeking the suspect for failing to register as a sex offender, according to the release. After learning the suspect was trying to sell narcotics, the task force and YPD’s gang unit moved to arrest him early Thursday in the 1700 block of East Nob Hill Boulevard, the release said.

Officers found 14 grams of methamphetamine, five oxycodone tablets and unspecified materials associated with selling drugs, the release said. Agents said there were three children in the suspect’s car who were turned over to their mother, the release said.

Invictus launched June 3 to target violent and gang crime in the Yakima area, and is expected to operate through September. Under the program, part of the U.S. Justice Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, the federal government pays overtime for officers from YPD and other agencies while working on the operations.

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