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N.C. fugitive caught in Philippines

Posted July 17, 2009

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— Earlier this month, Philippine authorities arrested a Nash County man who authorities say has been involved in drug trafficking in North Carolina since the 1980s.

Nash and Bladen county sheriff's deputies arrested James Ricky Perry, 50, in November 2004 on charges of conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilos of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. Authorities said he was part of an organization that had trafficked cocaine in eastern North Carolina since 2001.

Perry failed to show up in court and had been on the run since, using different aliases. He was featured on "America's Most Wanted" and "NC Wanted," both of which air on WRAL's sister station Fox50.

In June, U.S. marshals learned that Perry had obtained a passport under a different identity and traveled to the Philippines. A U.S. court in California issued a warrant for his arrest for lying to obtain and use a U.S. passport.

The State Department's Diplomatic Security Service learned he was temporarily in Manila and had a permanent address in Calatagan – about 200 miles away.

Agents with DSS, the Philippine National Bureau of Invesitgation and the Philippine National Police arrested Perry at his home July 1.

Perry was surprised that he was caught in the rural town and protested his innocence, saying he wasn't James Rick Perry, according to DSS agents.

“Diplomatic Security’s regional security office in Manila maintains an excellent working relationship with local law enforcement personnel, thus enabling Perry’s capture,” said Edgar Moreno, the DSS bureau's assistant director for domestic operations.

“It’s this type of close, worldwide law enforcement liaison capability that gives Diplomatic Security unparalleled ability to locate pursue, and apprehend fugitives.”

DSS and U.S. Marshals Service expect to extradite Perry back to the United States by Wednesday.

According to N.C. authorities, Perry began a two-year sentence for drug possession in 1985. In May 1995, Drug Enforcement Agency officers arrested Perry on federal drug charges. He was found guilty and served five years in federal prison.


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  • jonslm Jul 17, 2009

    I dated this guy one time .He seem to be okay back in the 70's.I guess something went wrong.

  • Professor Jul 17, 2009

    how many murderers are still walking while they wasted their time finding this guy

    Many! But as long as he pushed drugs, he is killing someone sooner or later. Look at Michael Jackson, who was the drug user.

  • concerncitizen Jul 17, 2009

    SilverWolf, the media gives me pause these days. I usually don't comment on the writing skills of others..... He's wanted, that's the meat of the story?

  • smegma Jul 17, 2009

    how many murderers are still walking while they wasted their time finding this guy

  • colliedave Jul 17, 2009

    the Philippines and Thailand also are magnets for slime that want sex with children. Wonder if this was another reason we was there?

  • lane817 Jul 17, 2009

    you can run but you can't hide. not forever anyway.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jul 17, 2009

    Not defending this guy at all, he deserves to be arrested and serve serious time if convicted. But, I wonder, how much did it all cost to track this guy down, escort him back, try him, imprison him, etc. A guy who probably would have never returned to this country as a fugitive. Is it worth it I wonder?

  • awomnsptofview Jul 17, 2009

    I knew this man and he is a CREEP. He thought he was all that. He was always making passes at "much" younger women. His daughter runs a car lot close to the Nash/Wilson county line. I feel sorry for her.

  • SilverWolf Jul 17, 2009

    So which was it? He's been selling coke since the 80's or since 2001? The first paragraph says one thing, the second another. Makes me wonder if facts are all that important to reporters these days.

  • sstarling50 Jul 17, 2009

    good job john walsh.