Wanted Fugitive From West Virginia Arrested in Mexico
A fugitive wanted by U.S. Marshals in the Northern District of West Virginia for escaping in 2013 from a Morgantown prison facility was arrested without incident on Monday in Mexico.
Eugene Cobbs was returned to the United States on Tuesday. Cobbs, 43, escaped from the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown on April 10, 2013, and authorities said he caught a bus to Philadelphia. U.S. Marshals discovered in September of 2013 that Cobbs had crossed the border into Mexico. U.S.. Marshals called Cobbs an illusive criminal, using false names and living in a number of locations. When he was arrested, he gave police a fake name, but was later identified and deported by Mexican authorities.
Cobb was arrested by U.S. Marshals at Los Angeles International Airport upon his arrival Monday. He is being held without bond awaiting his extradition back to West Virginia.
In 2010, Cobbs was convicted for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and piloting an aircraft without a license. He was piloting the plane in 2004, when he crashed near the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport and got away from the scene. Authorities who investigated the crash discovered 525 pounds of cocaine worth about $24 million.
Cobbs allegedly did not act alone in the escape. Jamie Angel Clayton, 39, has been indicted for aiding the escape. Clayton was arrested in May 2013 in New York and remains on bond while the criminal case is pending.
This is also not the first time Cobbs has fled the country to Mexico to avoid justice. He was not immediately arrested after his 2004 indictment and he fled the country then, too. He avoided arrest for four years before being taken into custody. He fled to Guadalajara, Mexico, where he lived under a fake identity.
Cobbs was then returned to the United States to face the charges against him and sentenced in May 2010 to serve more than 12 years in prison.