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'Top 10' fugitive found in Texas

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:16 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – A man listed on the McHenry County sheriff’s Top 10 Fugitive List has been apprehended in Texas more than two years after an arrest warrant was issued for several drug-related charges.

Brian E. Bridges, 39, of Midlothian, Texas, was arrested on Monday for production of cannabis sativa plants, manufacturing cannabis, possession of cannabis, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An arrest warrant was issued for Bridges in March of 2011, according to a McHenry County Sheriff's Office news release. Bridges was believed to have been living in Marengo at that time, but investigators were unable to locate him and obtained information that he had fled the state.

Bridges was placed on the Top 10 Fugitive List last September and was also featured on the Comcast most wanted police blotter in December.

Investigators later received information that Bridges was living in Texas, and a joint effort was launched by members of the sheriff’s office and U.S. Marshals Service in Dallas, Texas.

Bridges was taken into custody without incident on Monday, and is currently being held at the Ellis County Jail in Waxahachie, Texas, while he awaits extradition back to Illinois.

— Lawerence Synett

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