For Immediate Release
|April 13, 2017||
Barry Golden, Senior Inspector
Southern District of Florida (786) 433-6382
U.S. Marshals Arrest Suspected Cocaine
Gustavo Falcon in Orlando After 26 Years on the Run
Kissimmee, FL -
United States Marshal
Amos Rojas Jr. announces the arrest of Gustavo “Taby” Falcon, a fugitive
who has been wanted on federal drug charges for 26 years. In 1991,
Falcon was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of
Florida on charges of Conspiracy to Import and distribute a controlled
substance. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Falcon on April 10,
Falcon, 55, was arrested at approximately 2pm yesterday by a group of U.S. Marshals from the Southern District of Florida who traveled to Kissimmee, Florida and teamed up with U.S. Marshals from the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Orlando which is comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement from Central Florida.
In March of 2017, Deputy Marshals in Miami working the Falcon fugitive case discovered Falcon had been using a fraudulent Florida driver license which showed an address in Hialeah, Florida under the name Luis Andre Reiss. Falcon’s wife, Amelia Falcon, had also obtained a fraudulent Florida driver license under the fictitious name of Maria Reiss. Both Falcon and his wife obtained fraudulent social security cards under the fake names to hide their true identities.
In recent weeks, the U.S. Marshals investigation focused on the Kissimmee, Florida area when the Marshals discovered Falcon was involved in an auto accident in 2013. Falcon used the Reiss false name when questioned by the Florida Highway Patrol. Amelia Falcon also used her fake name Maria Reiss on the police report as a passenger in the car.
During the Marshals surveillance yesterday, Falcon was spotted leaving a rental home on Cavendish Drive in Kissimmee with his wife to go for a lengthy bike ride. The U.S. Marshals surveillance team followed Falcon and his wife to confirm his identity. Bike helmets and sunglasses made it hard to identify Falcon during the surveillance.
The fugitive was taken into custody at the intersection of Funie Steed Road and Lindfields Blvd which is just blocks from the rental property where Falcon had been hiding out since 2012. Gustavo Falcon maintained he was Luis Reiss when the Marshals arrested him, but he later admitted his true identity.
The U.S. Marshals have been searching for Falcon for more than two decades. The fugitive was believed to be hiding out in a foreign country. In 2004, an International lead was sent to Mexico to determine if Falcon was hiding out south of the U.S. border. That lead did not pan out. Falcon was then featured on America’s Most Wanted (AMW) in 2008. Numerous leads were called in by viewers from the AMW profile, but none would lead to Falcon’s arrest.
The successful apprehension of Gustavo Falcon is the result of investigative efforts by the Miami Dade Police Department (MDPD), Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Homeland Security (HSI), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), U.S. Postal Inspections Service, and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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