U.S. Marshals Capture Federal Drug Fugitive from Franklin County

Waynesboro (Virginia)Snow Hill

U.S. Marshals finally caught up with a federal fugitive from Franklin County this morning. 61 year old Van Dorn Palmer of Waynesboro, had been a fugitive for over two years. In July 2009, an Indictment was issued by a federal grand jury in the Middle District charging Palmer and Terry Inman with the manufacture, distribution and possession with intent to distribute marijuana from 2007 to 2009 in Dauphin and Franklin Counties. Palmer was also charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and the use of a communication facility during the commission of a felony.

After his indictment, Palmer was issued a summons to report to federal court in Harrisburg on August 4, 2009. However, Palmer never showed up for court and had been on the run ever since.

For the past two years, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was very close to capturing Palmer, but he always seemed to slip away as Marshals closed in. Marshals developed information recently that Palmer was staying in Snow Hill, Maryland. During the early morning hours Thursday, U.S. Marshals found Palmer at a home on Cedartown Road. Palmer was arrested without incident.

Acting U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, "Although Palmer ran, our Harrisburg Office worked tirelessly in the pursuit of this elusive fugitive. He is being brought to justice."

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov

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