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For Immediate Release

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December 11, 2012 SDUSM Hector Gomez, Western District of Texas - Austin (512) 916-5380
Bastrop Escapee Nabbed
"Fled from Minimum Security Camp in Prison Vehicle"

LSFTF LogoAustin, TX – Joe Frank Corder, Jr., 66, of Wimberley was arrested by Lone Star Fugitive Task Force this afternoon in Wimberley without incident. Corder fled the Satellite Prison Camp in Bastrop, Texas on November 2, 2012 in a prison vehicle later recovered in San Marcos, Texas.

Corder was convicted in the Western District of Texas, Del Rio Division and sentenced in January of this year to a 135-month term of imprisonment for his role in a Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. Corder, a pilot with previous experience as an air traffic controller, along with others, were apprehended in April 2010 in San Marcos after authorities observed duffel bags being loaded into a Suburban from a private plane at the San Marcos Airport. Approximately 850 pounds of marijuana were confiscated by authorities.

Investigators with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force were on Corder’s trail however, Corder was able to slip into Mexico within a day of his escape. Working with Mexican law enforcement since shortly after Corder’s flight, Tamaulipas investigators were able to flush Corder last week from a hotel miles from the border. Corder apparently crossed into Texas within the past couple of days and broke into a Wimberley area home.

Corder could likely face federal escape charges upon his return to Austin in addition to serving the balance of his 135-month sentence.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas states, “The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force appreciates the long-standing working relationship with our law enforcement partners in Mexico and will tirelessly pursue fugitives who continue to seek safe haven abroad.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin –

  • Austin Police Department-Criminal Apprehension Team
  • Buda Police Department
  • Cedar Park Police Department
  • Kyle Police Department
  • San Marcos Police Department
  • Travis County Sheriff’s Office
  • Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office
  • Williamson County DA’s Office, Constable’s Office
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • U.S. Marshals Service

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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