The FBI said Saturday that the tip that led to the arrest of James J. “Whitey” Bulger was taken seriously from the start, disputing news reports that the tip was given low priority when it came in.

“Those reports are false,” the FBI said in a statement. “The FBI Supervisory Special Agent responsible for the Bulger Task Force was the first to review the tip. He then consulted with other members of the task force. Together, they recognized that certain information appeared to be credible and promising. Immediately thereafter, the Boston FBI office requested the Los Angeles FBI office to initiate surveillance at the targeted location. Hours later, less than 24 hours after the supervisory agent first reviewed the tip, Mr. Bulger and Ms. Greig were arrested.”

In the statement, the FBI said that the task force looking for Bulger included members of the US Marshals, the Massachusetts Department of Correction, Massachusetts State Police, and FBI agents.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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