CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A fugitive who was on the run for more than a year-and-a-half has been found outside the United States.
Chatham-Savannah Narcotics agents say 38-year-old Marcus "Mickey" Scott of Savannah was located in Kingston, Jamaica on June 4. Scott turned himself over to authorities at the Kingston Embassy and remains in custody while awaiting extradition back to the U.S. Scott has been wanted by CNT since September 2016. As the investigation developed, it was determined Scott was likely in Jamaica at which time authorities requested Jamaican law enforcement's assistance in finding him. His arrest marks CNT's first international apprehension.
Scott is wanted by CNT following a year-long joint investigation that involved CNT, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the FBI. The investigation, which started in 2015 and ended in late 2016, identified a local organization in Chatham County that was responsible for distributing kilograms of cocaine, large amounts of MDMA, and stolen firearms. It was determined that the drugs were coming from Houston, TX and Atlanta, GA, and most of them were being transported by semi-trailer trucks. The estimated amounts being transported ranged from 10-50 kilos with a wholesale street value of $360,000, up to $1.8 million.
"Here we are a year-and-a-half later and we go and arrest him outside of the United States. I think that should be a very stern reminder to would-be drug dealers and distributors that CNT will not stop to take you into custody," said Gene Harley, Assistant Deputy Director, CNT. "We don't stop just because the investigation comes to an end and say, 'oh well, we'll put a warrant out and hope we find you. Our agents still actively investigate to find you; to find your whereabouts are.'
Agents say the organization was found to be operating trap houses throughout the Savannah-Chatham area. A trap house is a location, usually residential, where controlled substances are distributed or stored. A total of 16 people were arrested/indicted as a result. Scott was deemed one of the top tiers of the organization and was the only person who was not yet arrested.
"It simply dismantled them. Not only took the top tier out, it took the high ranking members out, the mid-level members out, and also cut off their distribution supply."
Harley says they were a major drug ring in the Savannah area. They found five trap houses in the area.
"What was so significant about this particular investigation was really the size of the organization, approximately 30 people involved. More importantly than that, really the range of control they had in terms of their distributions and their location, they were selling drugs."
Harley calls this final arrest a big win for law enforcement and the community.
CNT thanks the United States Marshals for their continued support and also Jamaican law enforcement authorities for their assistance. In addition all the drugs, Harley says getting those guns off the street was also a big deal tfor them. A lot of them were stolen. They also gave them to convicted felongs in the Savannah area.