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PHOENIX -- The U.S. Marshals Service said a man convicted in South Dakota of firearms charges and on the run since 1997 has been arrested in Arizona.

The service said members of a task force arrested Steve Charles Durant without incident in Mesa on Tuesday. He was living under an assumed identity.

Durant was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison after being convicted in 1991 in federal court in South Dakota on charges related to the unlawful possession and transfer of automatic weapons.

He awaits extradition to South Dakota.

Associated Press,

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