Huntsville Fugitive Arrested in Virginia After Five Years in Hiding

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A fugitive wanted by the DEA in Huntsville for his suspected participation in a drug conspiracy involving possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute it has been located and arrested in Virginia.

Fernando Harris, 45, was arrested by U.S. Marshalls after investigators with the Gulf Coast Regional Fugirive Task Force discovered a lead that lead them to Harris’ location.

A warrant was issued for Harris in June of 2008 along with 32 other suspects who were alleged to have taken part in a 138-count indictment which included residents of Huntsville, Texas, California, and Mexico.  The charges included 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of crack, and 100 kilograms of marijuana.

The 138 counts included conducting a continuing criminal enterprise, money laundering, drug trafficking, and possession of firearms.

U.S. Marshalls suspect that Harris immediately went into hiding after the warrants were issued in order to evade law enforcement.  All but two of the the 32 suspects were arrested within two weeks of the warrants being issued.

Harris was previously convicted of possession of cocaine in 1999.  After his prison sentence, he was placed on supervised release.



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