Most Wanted

This is an initiative by ATF in its continuing effort to combat violent crime in cooperation with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. In the past, ATF has successfully utilized other mediums to advertise wanted persons, and now, with the advent of the Internet, ATF is seizing the opportunity to employ Internet subscribers in this endeavor.

The ATF wanted persons are the result of ATF criminal investigations, often in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, that resulted in the issuance of a federal arrest warrant.

Several criteria are considered before choosing subjects for the ATF Most Wanted list.

  • Seriousness of the crime committed.
  • Past criminal record of the defendant.
  • Potential for the defendant to be a dangerous menace to society, based on the current or past charge.
  • Belief that publicity afforded by the program will be of assistance in apprehending the wanted person.


Notify the nearest ATF field office or call the ATF Enforcement Operations Center in Washington, DC, at 1-800-800-3855.

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