El Paso fugitive arrested on drug charges after 22 years on the run

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An El Paso fugitive wanted on drug charges for more than two decades is finally behind bars.

According to a news release, Jose Guadalupe Silva Jr., 58, was taken into custody on Friday at a home located on the 900 block of Virginia.

Officials say Silva was originally arrested at the border in 1996 for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 50 kilograms of marijuana into the U.S.

Silva was granted a $30,000 bond and was released from custody.

Law enforcement officers in Texas, California, and Mexico began searching for Silva later that year when he allegedly failed to appear in court, according to the release.

He will be booked at a federal detention facility pending appropriate court proceedings, officials say.

“This individual had eluded law enforcement for more than two decades, living freely amongst the community,” Susan Pamerleau, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas, said. “I am proud of the continued efforts of the United States Marshals Service and partner agencies in pursuing these fugitives in the pursuit of justice.”

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