Fugitive wanted in $7 million drug ring arrested after almost 12 years on the run

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A fugitive who had been on the run for almost 12 years was arrested in Swissvale today by the U.S. marshals fugitive task force of Western Pennsylvania, according to a press release.

Neal Jones, 56, was wanted on an Allegheny County bench warrant issued April 27, 2001 for multiple counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, as well as two other warrants issued that year for drug offenses.

Mr. Jones was among 10 Mon Valley suspects connected to Tremaine Briston's drug ring said to have distributed $7 million of drugs during a three-year investigation, authorities said. Mr. Jones was believed to have fled the Pittsburgh area shortly after posting bond in this case, authorities said.

Authorities said he was arrested without incident and is being held at the Allegheny County Jail.

Mr. Jones provided an alias name at the time of arrest and possessed a California ID card marked David Neal, authorities said.


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