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
- 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,
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- U.S. Marshals Service
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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