An alleged drug kingpin who evaded capture for 35 years by using a dead baby's ID has finally been arrested by police.
Howard Farley, 72, was trying to board his private plane in the hangar at his home in Florida, on Wednesday when authorities finally nabbed him on Wednesday, US Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez said in a statement.
Police said that while they searched for Farley for years, he using the identity of the baby who passed away in 1955, and has been named by authorities only as T.B.
According to a criminal complaint, Farley stole the identity of the baby who was born in Lake Worth, Florida, in 1954 and died three months later.
Farley had been one of 73 people indicted in 1985 for allegedly running the Southern Line in Nebraska, a railroad line used to move narcotics throughout the US, but was the only person who has never been caught.
The alleged ploy was noticed after the government received an application for passport renewal in February using T.B.’s name, date of birth and Social Security number.
Investigators discovered T.B.'s death records and discovered that his Social Security information wasn’t registered until 1983, something which us highly unusual for someone who was born in 1954.
Farley is then alleged to have gone on to use T.B.'s information to obtain a passport on three separate occasions in March 1987, October 1998 and October 2008.
Officers seeking to charge Farley with passport fraud visited his Weirsdale, Florida, home on Wednesday, and fingerprint comparison confirmed that Farley was the same person wanted in Nebraska since 1985.
Farley faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison if convicted of the passport fraud charge.
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