Drug Kingpin Tracked Down Arrested Living Under Dead Baby apos;s Identity
A drug kingpin from [/news/nebraska/index.html Nebraska] who has been on the run for more than 35 years has finally been arrested after being found living under the identity of a dead baby in Ocala, [/news/florida/index.html Florida].
Howard D. Farley Jr., 72, was arrested at his home on Wednesday, ten months after an investigation was sparked when he applied for a passport under the false information.
Farley used the name, date of birth, and social security number of an individual who died as an infant way back in 1954.
He appeared to be trying to make a dramatic escape on Wednesday when he was arrested.
Farley was trying to board a private plane in a hanger of his house when authorities caught up to him.
He had a fraudulent pilot's license that was also issued to him under the false identity he used to evade authorities for 35 years.
The law caught up to Howard Farley Jr., 72, when he was arrested in Florida on Wednesday
In a release from the [ ], Farley is singled out as the 'kingpin' of the Southern Line in Nebraska back in the 1980s, which was a railroad line used to distribute narcotics.
He was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Nebraska and charged with a narcotics conspiracy in 1985, and was the only one of 74 people indicted that was not apprehended by the authorities .
It was then that he assumed the false identity and disappeared, and has been a fugitive ever since.
According to a criminal complaint, Farley assumed the identity of a child referred to only as 'T.B.' who was born in Lake Worth, Florida, in 1954 and died three months later.
He had used T.B.'s identity to obtain a passport in March 1987, October 1998 and October 2008, and had also got a Florida driver's license and a pilot's license, officials say.
He had even used his fraudulent passport to travel to Vietnam in 2018, the complaint reveals.
But his scam came to light in February when he tried to renew the passport once again, and tour thác bản giốc officials realized that the individual was supposed to be dead.
They found T.B.'s death record, and also that Social Security information for kynghidongduong.vn the identity was not registered until 1987, despite the date of birth being in 1954.
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Farley was considered the 'kingpin' of a drug trade in Nebraska along the railroad that resulted in 74 indictments; only Farley avoided arrest. Pictured: Farley in his passport picture from 1998
He was caught using the identity of a deceased baby to apply for a passport and he was arrested on charges of passport fraud. Pictured: Farley in his passport picture from 2008
A firearm was recovered from Farley's home Wednesday when a search warrant of the property was executed.
After his arrest, fingerprints were used to link him to his true identity and his criminal past.
According to the Department of Justice, Farley was also arrested and convicted of burglary back in 1970.
The latest case is being investigated by a number of government agencies, including the Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service.
Farley faces up to 10 years in prison for charges related to the passport fraud.
[ Alleged Drug Kingpin From Nebraska Arrested After Having Assumed Another's Identity For More Than 35 Years]