Colombian Man Back in Custody After Over 20 Years on the Run

LUBBOCK, Texas - In a press release from the United States Attorney Northern District of Texas, a Colombian man is back in police custody after over 20 years on the run.

Juan Carlos Marin-Cardona, a 47-year-old Colombian citizen and national, has pleaded guilty in a federal court to escaping federal custody in 1994.

On January 22, 1993, Marin-Cardona was sentenced by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to 70 months imprisonment for importation of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He was later transferred to federal custody at the Eden Detention Center in Eden, Texas.

On November 3, 1994, an Eden maintenance officer went to retrieve Marin-Cardona but he wasn't there.  The detention center initiated a lockdown and emergency headcount.  It was then confirmed that he was not in the detention center and was placed on escape status.

An investigation led by the United States Marshal Services located Marin-Cardona in a foreign county under the assumed name of Alexander Rey Marin Cardona.

In March of 2017 he was apprehended at a Houston airport.  He has remained in custody since his April 2017 arrest.  He now faces not more than 5 years in federal prison and a $5,000 fine.  Sentencing will be determined at a later date.


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