A Howard County man wanted on drug charges is caught in Canada.
Canadian authorities arrested 56 year-old Alfred Hightower in Ottawa, Ontario. He was deported back to the U.S. following a lengthy joint investigation between the Howard County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals Service, Royal Canadian Mounted POlice, and the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Hightower is wanted on felony charges for dealing a controlled substance, and dealing marijuana.
A warrant was issued for his arrest back in August 2007. Authorities believe he fled to Canada to avoid arrest.
"We received additional information that Hightower had been corresponding with other individuals via the internet," said Major Steve Rogers.
Deputies say they obtained a subpoena for business records from an internet service provider, which led Canadian authorities to Hightower.
"We were not allowed to travel into Canada to assume custody of Hightower. Hightower was taken into custody and deported as an undesirable. Canadian authorities flew him to Minneapolis, where he was taken off the aircraft and arrested by waiting United States Marshals," said Rogers.
Hightower is currently in jail in Ramsey County, Minnesota. He's awaiting extradition to Indiana.
"Drug dealers need to understand the effort we will put forth to arrest them," said Deputy Matt Roberson, who works drug investigations for the Sheriff's Department.
"This is the first time in my seven years as Sheriff that a fugitive was located in Canada. Major Steve Rogers and Deputy Matt Roberson did an outstanding job coordinating this. There were many hoops to jump through. Suspects can not be allowed to escape facing criminal charges by simply moving and relocating," said Sheriff Marty Talbert.
Hightower will be held on $75,000 bond upon his return to the Howard County Jail.