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October 9, 2010 (San Diego) -- Two former Chicago residents with ties to a sophisticated drug operation who had been on the run from law enforcement for nearly a decade with their four young children were located and arrested last week in Tijuana. “A tip from a viewer of the “America’s Most Wanted” program led to the arrest of these two fugitives,” said special agent Darrell Foxworth with the FBI in San Diego.


Juan Carlos Duran, age 34, who is also known as “Psycho” and his common law wife, Dionne Garcia, age 33, both of whom were last known to reside at 2955 West 40th Street in Chicago, were arrested without incident on Tuesday, October 5th, near Tijuana, Mexico, by members of the Policia Estatal Preventiva (PEP), an international liaison and enforcement unit.


Duran and Garcia have been the subjects of an international manhunt, coordinated by the Chicago FBI’s Joint Task Force on Gangs (JTFG), since late 2001 when both were charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago with violation of Federal drug laws. Duran was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute (PCP) and conspiracy while Garcia was charged with conspiracy.


The two fugitives were among 52 people charged in connection with an investigation code named “Operation Blue Water”, which targeted a Chicago bas

ed street gang that manufactured and distributed PCP in Chicago and northwest Indiana. Duran eluded arrest at the time the charges were filed while Garcia fled after being released on bond following her arrest.


Duran and Garcia were turned over to FBI Agents in San Diego October 6th and will return to Chicago to face the outstanding charges.


The Chicago FBI’s Joint Task Force on Gangs is comprised of FBI Special Agents and Gang Crimes Officers from the Chicago Police Department.


The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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