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Plane pilot who crashed in Wheeling with cocaine caught … again

Updated: Tuesday, June 24 2014, 06:29 PM EDT
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – A fugitive wanted by the U.S. Marshals in the Northern District of West Virginia for escaping in 2013 from the Bureau of Prisons facility in Morgantown was returned to the United States on Tuesday from Mexico.
Mexican authorities arrested Eugene Cobbs without incident Monday in Mexico.
After Cobbs, 43, escaped from the Federal Correctional Institution Morgantown April 10, 2013, authorities say he caught a bus to Philadelphia. In Sept. 2013, U.S. Marshals discovered Cobbs had crossed the border into Mexico.
Cobbs was very illusive, using false names and living in multiple locations. Upon his arrest, he initially provided a fictitious name, but was later positively identified and deported by Mexican authorities. U.S. Marshals arrested Cobb at Los Angeles International Airport upon his arrival Monday. He is currently being held without bond awaiting his interstate extradition back to West Virginia.
Cobbs was convicted in 2010 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 immediately fled the scene. Authorities investigating the crash discovered 525 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $24 million. This was the largest amount of narcotics ever located in West Virginia at the time.
"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, 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."
Cobbs allegedly did not act alone in his 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 not the first time Cobbs has fled to Mexico to avoid justice. When he was not immediately arrested after his 2004 indictment, he fled the country. He avoided arrest for four years before he was arrested in 2008. That time, Cobbs fled to Guadalajara, Mexico, where he lived under a false identity. After he was returned to the U.S. to face his charges, he was sentenced in May 2010 to serve more than 12 years in prison.

Plane pilot who crashed in Wheeling with cocaine caught … again

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