U.S. Marshals have arrested a New York woman for her alleged involvement in the escape of Eugene Cobbs from the federal prison in Morgantown on April 10.
U.S. Marshals had been investigating Cobbs' escape and learned that Jamie Angel Clayton had assisted Cobbs. The case is still under investigating and more arrests may be pending, said a news release from the U.S. Marshals. Specific details related to the investigation could not be provided due to the nature of the case. Clayton has been indicted and arrested for aiding the escape of a convicted drug trafficker from the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Clayton appeared before a federal magistrate judge and was remanded to custody pending a detention hearing.
Cobbs was also charged in the same indictment with "escape", said the U.S. Attorney's Office. If convicted, both Clayton and Cobbs face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
"I am pleased with the progress of both the fugitive and escape investigations, Cobbs is next", said Gary Gaskins, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia.
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 sentenced to a 151 month sentence for conspiring to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. He was last seen at noon on April 10 at the federal prison in Morgantown. He is described by U.S. Marshals as a black male standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds. Anyone with information about Cobbs should contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 304-623-0486.