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Mob boss busted in California

BILOXI, MS (WLOX/AP) -

James "Whitey" Bulger, the infamous Boston mob boss, has been arrested, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bulger was caught without incident by the FBI in Santa Monica.

Bulger vanished from Boston in 1995. After he disappeared, he was charged with 19 counts of murder.

Just days ago the FBI launched a media blitz to find the 81-year-old Bulger. Biloxi was one of the media markets the FBI targeted with ads about the wanted man and his girlfriend.

The FBI reward for the capture of Bulger, who is on the FBI's most wanted list, is $2 million. There's no word yet on whether anyone would be cashing in on that reward.

Bulger was the leader of the Winter Hill Gang when he fled in January 1995 after being tipped by a former Boston FBI agent that he was about to be indicted. Bulger was a top FBI informant.

The FBI has pursued Bulger around the world. The history buff and avid reader is believed to have traveled in France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain and Canada while on the run. The last credible sighting of the couple was in London in 2002.

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