HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - A suspected drug dealer wanted in Alabama was arrested in Hampton Monday after a lengthy investigation.
The U.S. Marshals Service has been trying to find 45-year-old Fernando Harris for five years.
In 2008, an Alabama court issued warrants for 33 suspects accused in a major 138-count indictment which stretched through Alabama, Texas, California and Mexico. The suspects were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. All but two of the suspects were captured within two months. Harris allegedly went immediately into hiding, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
This June, investigators with the USMS Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in Northern Alabama received information that Harris may be living in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Monday, June 24, around 3 p.m., investigators spotted Harris leaving a home in Hampton. He got into a vehicle and drove away and law enforcement followed. About 1/4 mile from the house, the suspect pulled over and went to his trunk. At that point, investigators moved in and arrested Harris, after more than five years on the run.
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