South Mississippi fugitive captured in Mexico

South Mississippi fugitive captured in Mexico

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A South Mississippi man who's spent the last year running from the law was arrested Friday in Veracruz, Mexico. Carl Hodge Jr. of Nicholson was deported the very next day and is now back in the United States.

Officials from the U.S. Marshals Service say Hodge was arrested in April 2016 and charged with Conspiracy to possess Methamphetamine and Possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine. But he was released on bond, and never appeared for his court date. That's when authorities issued a federal arrest warrant.

Hodge is also currently wanted by the Pearl River County Sheriff's Office and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office for felony charges. The U.S. Marshals said those two agencies gave invaluable assistance in helping them locate Hodge, who was living with a family in Mexico.

Through a coordinated effort, Mexican officials located Hodge and took him into custody without incident.  He'll have an initial court appearance in Houston, Texas before being sent back to Mississippi to face his pending charges.

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