The U.S. Marshals Service has initiated a heated investigation for an inmate that was discovered missing April 10 from the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Eugene Nicholas Cobbs was last seen at noon on April 10. He was discovered missing from the institution at approximately 4 p.m. on April 10. Cobbs is a black male standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds. The U.S. Marshals Service said it was notified at 11 p.m. on April 10 that Cobbs had fled from the institution.
Cobbs gained federal attention when he crash-landed a plane in Wheeling on Dec. 18, 2004, where authorities found a quarter ton of cocaine on board that was worth about $24 million. Cobbs was tied to an international drug ring and fled to Mexico where he was a fugitive until his arrest in Texas in 2008, according to Alex Neville, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal.
Cobbs was sentenced to 151 months for conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and for serving as an airman without an airman's certificate, according to the news release. Cobbs was originally sentenced to serve his time at FCI Fort Dix but was later transferred to FCI Morgantown, said Neville.
"We feel confident that Cobbs received assistance and that this was a planned escape. We do not believe that he is in the local area," Neville said.
Anyone with information about Cobbs should contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 304-623-0486.