FCI Morgantown Escapee Cobbs Arrested by Mexican Authorities, Awaiting Extradition to WV
Jamie Angel Clayton | Photo courtesy of U.S. Marshals Service
A fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals in the Northern District of West Virginia for escaping from the Bureau of Prisons facility in Morgantown in 2013 has been returned to the United States from Mexico.
Eugene Cobbs was arrested by Mexican authorities without incident Monday in Mexico, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service.
Cobbs, 43, escaped from FCI Morgantown on April 10, 2013 and caught a bus to Philadelphia. In September 2013, U.S. Marshals discovered Cobbs had crossed the border into Mexico.
The U.S. Marshals Service said Cobbs was illusive, using false names and living in multiple locations. He provided a false name upon his arrest and water later positively identified and deported by Mexican authorities. U.S. Marshals arrested Cobb at Los Angeles Airport upon his return to the U.S. Monday. He is being held without bond and awaiting extradition back to West Virginia.
Cobbs was convicted in 2010 for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and piloting an aircraft without a license. Cobbs piloted a plane in 2004 that crashed near the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport. Cobbs fled the scene and authorities found 525 pounds of cocaine on the plane, worth approximately $24 million.
"As soon as I heard the name of the escapee, I knew this might be a tough case. The number of hours our agency put into this case was tremendous, and I am excited to see it come to an end," said Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Terry Moore in a news release, the lead investigator in the escape case. "Cobbs is a sophisticated fugitive, who has extensive ties to Mexico. Cases like this one is what a Deputy U.S. Marshal lives for: a challenge, a good hunt and a great ending. Cobbs' current location is right where he should be, in a jail cell."
Jamie Angel Clayton, 39, was indicted in May 2013 for aiding in Cobbs' escape. She remains in New York on bond while the criminal case is pending.
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