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Fugitive of 22 years arrested in Texas for marijuana smuggling

A 58-year-old man finally ended up in the custody of U.S. Marshals after eluding capture on federal marijuana charges for 22 years. An announcement from the U.S. Marshals Service detailed his arrest that took place in South El Paso on the 900 block of South Virginia Street.

A tip to law enforcement in November alerted federal investigators to the man's presence in a South El Paso neighborhood. The U.S. Marshals Service made contact with the fugitive and arrested him peacefully.

In May 1996, the man had been accused of possessing 50 kilograms of marijuana with the intent to distribute the drugs. At the time, special agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency captured him at the border, where he was allegedly trying to bring the marijuana into the United States. Shortly thereafter, he posted a $30,000 bond and disappeared after his release from jail. He had been wanted ever since he failed to appear in court to answer for his criminal charges.

When a person must interact with the criminal justice system, the advice of an attorney could be important. Legal counsel could examine the evidence and determine if it accurately supports the charges. If any prosecutor tries to inflate the charges related to drug crimes, the attorney could request a reduction in charges. This effort might shift crimes from felony to misdemeanor and improve the defendant's chances of building an effective defense. Legal advice could help a person decide if a plea deal represents a good choice or if standing trial offers a better chance of avoiding serious penalties.

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