Marshals arrest 17-year fugitive in San Antonio

The skyline of San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service says it has captured a fugitive who eluded authorities for 17 years.

Federal agents arrested 54-year-old Oscar Zapata Tuesday afternoon while he washing his car in San Antonio. They say he was indicted on Nov. 20, 1996, for six counts of conspiracy possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Zapata posted bond and was arrested in 1997 on separate charges. The service says he tested positive for continued use of cocaine. That resulted in a second warrant on which he was arrested Tuesday.

The service says Zapata had fled to Mexico to avoid capture. He later returned to San Antonio under the alias of Jesus Castillo.

He was taken into custody without incident. He’s currently being held by the Service. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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