For Immediate Release
|June 06, 2011||
Drew Koschny, Asst. Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of New Mexico (505) 462-2318;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
|U.S. Marshals Add Drug Kingpin To 15 Most Wanted|
The U.S. Marshals have added a suspected drug kingpin to their 15 Most Wanted
Keith Hasson is wanted on a 2005 open indictment from the
New Mexico U.S. District Court for conspiracy to distribute controlled
substances, continuing criminal enterprise and conspiracy to launder money.
Hasson, 45, is considered to be the leader of a criminal enterprise responsible for large- scale distribution of cocaine and marijuana throughout the United States. His organization operated from 1999 to 2005, generating more than $20 million in cash and assets.
Hasson’s brother, Anthony Hasson, received more than 24 years in prison for his conviction in the same criminal case.
Hasson has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1981, including arrests for attempted murder, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft, burglary and possession with intent to distribute. Hasson is also wanted for questioning in two gang murders. He has a previous federal conviction for conspiracy to deliver cocaine.
“Only a handful of fugitives have as far-reaching a criminal enterprise, or such an extensive, continued history of violent behavior as Keith Hasson,” said Geoff Shank, Assistant Director of Operations for the U.S. Marshals Service. “We are committed to bringing him in and ending his three-decades-long history of criminal behavior.”
Hasson has family ties and associates across the United States including Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Georgia.
Investigators believe Hasson has access to significant financial resources and likely continues to organize criminal enterprise.
Today, the Marshals Service in the District of New Mexico has become a force multiplier, with the law enforcement resources of the Marshals Service from throughout the entire 94 federal districts, coalesced with a unified goal of identifying the whereabouts of this extremely dangerous 15 Most Wanted fugitive,” said Conrad E. Candelaria, U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico. “A unified goal so that fugitive Hasson can be taken into custody and held accountable and answer to the many horrendous crimes that he has committed. I would also encourage each and every citizen to be watchful of fugitive Hasson as he is a danger to our community and in all likelihood is committing and endangering our communities and citizens with criminal and violent behavior.”
Hasson is 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on both arms and is known to use the aliases Keith Osborne, Dennis Osborne Phillips, Kevin Russell, Larry John Morrison, Taylor Jackson, Anthony Hasson, Tony Hasson and Dewayne Hasson.
Hasson is considered armed and dangerous. A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information leading directly to Hasson’s arrest.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.