PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - An international drug dealer who has been running from the law for 11 years may be in South Mississippi, and the U.S. Marshals Service is hoping someone will recognize him.
Sean Cao, also known as Sean Vanle or Chuong Cao, is wanted for escaping a minimum security prison in Maryland in 2006. Deputy David Ablondi, with the U.S. Marshals Service District of Maryland, said Cao served six of his 98-month sentence before escaping.
According to the Washington Examiner, he was convicted in 2004 of distributing more than 200 pounds of marijuana and transporting millions of dollars in U.S. currency. The crew was based in Toronto, with cells operating in Hagerstown, Detroit, Boston, Ohio, Tennessee, Mississippi, and California.
Officials say the 38-year-old was born in Vietnam, but has been in the U.S. since age two. He has strong family ties to Pascagoula and other cities on the Gulf Coast.
"This is probably my best lead at this point. He was always kind of a mother's boy," said Ablondi. "I think he's either on the Gulf Coast or New Orleans area. It's been 11 and a half years. It's kind of a shot in the dark, but it's our best hope at this time."
Cao is 5'06", weighs about 160 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. He also has a tattoo on his right arm that says, "In Loving Memory Tom Lam." It's important to also remember these pictures are more than 11 years old.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Cao owned nail salons in the past, so he could be working in a salon or nail shop. They say he's probably using an assumed identity and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on Cao's whereabouts should contact the U.S. Marshals Southern District Office at (601) 608-6800.