News Banner


For Immediate Release

Contact:
December 13, 2013 M. Dante Gordon, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Alabama (334) 391-5398
Fugitive Brought to Justice After Nine Years Fleeing

Montgomery, AL – United States Marshal Arthur Baylor is pleased to announce the capture of Wilbert Richards after nine years on the run. Richards was arrested on Friday, December 13, 2013 in Mobile, Alabama by members of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Southern District of Alabama, USMS Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and members of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).

On October 28, 1999, Wilbert Richards was sentenced in federal court to one hundred eighty-nine (189) months in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. On July 8, 2004 Richards failed to report to Federal Prison Camp in Montgomery Alabama after being ordered transferred from a federal facility in Oregon. Richards was able to evade law enforcement by using numerous fake identities and frequently changing his residency. While on the run Richards is suspected of being involved with distributing narcotics between the States of California and Alabama. On several occasions Richards was arrested and jailed under various alias, but was able to avoid detection of his true identity. Richards is currently in federal custody in Mobile Alabama and awaiting a hearing at a later date.

Marshal Baylor stated, “The days of running from law enforcement are over for Wilbert Richards. The United States Marshals Service will continue to work tirelessly to track and apprehend fugitives no matter how long you run. I am very proud of the work done by investigators in both district and grateful for the assistance of our federal partners.”

The United States Marshals Service, America’s oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency, arrested more than 36,000 federal fugitives, 86,700 state and local fugitives, and 11,800 sex offenders in fiscal year 2013. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country.

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

####

America’s Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency