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A man wanted on charges of conspiring to distribute drugs in the Black Hills has been arrested in Venezuela after years on the run.

Daniel Davis, 53, was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Magistrate Court last week. He was being sought on state and federal drug charges stemming from a 1998 federal indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana. He also faces drug charges in Lawrence County dating back to 1994, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Office.

According to the news release, Davis fled to Mexico after the 1998 indictment. U.S. law enforcement officers working with Mexican officials closed in on Davis but he was able to flee again.

In late 2006, the marshals learned that Davis might be hiding in the Margarita Islands of Venezuela. They sent information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents working in Venezuela, who found Davis working in a hotel bar.

"Davis, who was also illegally residing in Venezuela, was subsequently arrested and ordered out of the country," the release stated. Davis was flown to Miami, where he was met by U.S. deputy marshals who arrested him on the South Dakota warrant.

"The capture of Mr. Davis (is) an illustration of the dedication and resolve of the Marshals Service in tracking down fugitives, even those who flee the borders of the United States," U.S. Marshal Warren Anderson said in the news release.

Davis is being held without bond.

- Journal staff

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