Friday, March 2, 2007
DEA arrests a most wanted druggie fugitive from Fort Worth
Kevin Wayne Blevins fled to Mexico in 2004 after being indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges. Mexican officials found him, kicked him out near Laredo, right into the loving arms of U.S. federal agents.
Kevin Wayne Blevins, a fugitive who was listed as one of DEA’s most wanted fugitives, was arrested by DEA agents last week at the Mexican - U.S. border.
“Blevins believed that by fleeing to Mexico he would avoid arrest and prosecution in the United States,” said special agent in charge James L. Capra. “His return should serve as a reminder that international boundaries are not a deterrent in DEA’s pursuit of justice.”
Blevins, 38, of Fort Worth, the former owner of Planet Auto, a car dealership located on West Vickery Blvd. in Fort Worth, was arrested in October 2004 on charges outlined in a federal criminal complaint and was subsequently released on bond. The following month, he was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He failed to appear in federal court for his arraignment on November 12 that year and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
DEA learned in late December 2006 that Blevins was residing in Monterrey, Mexico. Last week, agents with the Agencia Federal de Investigaciones (AFI) executed a vehicle stop in Monterrey and identified the driver as Kevin Wayne Blevins. Later that day Mexican Immigration, along with AFI, transported Blevins from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, to the Columbia International Bridge, located approximately 20 miles upriver from Laredo. Mexican Immigration formally expelled Blevins from Mexico for violating Mexican immigration laws. Agents with the DEA, along with U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers, and deputies with the U.S. Marshals Service, were at the bridge on the international boundary line and arrested Blevins on the outstanding warrant.
Blevins was transported to Laredo, where he appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge. He was then remanded into the U.S. Marshal’s custody for transportation to Fort Worth where he will be prosecuted on charges in the November 2004 indictment.