An American wanted for illegal drugs, firearms offences and parole violation has been arrested in the Philippines.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has announced the capture of Larry John St Clair after its Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) tracked down the 45-year-old in Dagupan city this week.
Information provided by the US embassy showed that a Californian court convicted St Clair for “possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, manufacturing 100 marijuana plants and possession and transportation of stolen explosives”.
In 2009, he was sentenced to 64 months but became eligible for parole after serving 36. A few months after his release on probation, authorities reported that he continued to engage in criminal acts — including stealing a neighbour’s dog.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said St Clair was subject to an arrest warrant for violating the conditions of his release and fleeing to the Philippines.
“He (St Clair) is the first 2018 casualty of our relentless campaign to flush out wanted foreign criminals using the Philippines as a sanctuary to evade prosecution and sentence for their crimes,” he said in a statement today (Wednesday, January 24).
Mr Morente said that aside from being a fugitive who posed a risk to public safety, St Clair was also being deported for being an ‘undocumented alien’. This was due to the cancellation of his passport by the US government.
BI intelligence officer and FSU chief Bobby Raquepo said St Clair has been living as a fugitive in the country since June 2015.
“He was also the subject of a blacklist order issued by the BI for possession of counterfeit visa extension stamps,” Mr Raquepo added.
As we recently reported, 2017 was a record year for the deportation of foreign criminals, with 232 being sent home by the BI.