'Most Wanted' fugitive sees mug shot, turns self in

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Crime,Emily Babay

Darrell Edwards wasn't happy when he saw his mug shot in the newspaper.

The 37-year-old was wanted for alleged drug trafficking in Prince George's County and investigators were having trouble tracking him down. His photo and information about his case appeared in The Washington Examiner on Thursday.

That morning, Edwards saw the story and wasn't pleased with how he was portrayed. He called up the U.S. Marshals Service, said he was turning himself in and showed up at the courthouse later that day, authorities said.

"That's exactly how we want this to work," said Supervisory Inspector Matt Burke of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "Someone sees themselves in the paper and turns themselves in."

Everyone benefits when the marshals don't have to hunt down a fugitive, Burke said.

"This way there is no danger to law enforcement or civilians, and maybe Edwards gets some sort of consideration for surrendering," he said. "I wish they all worked out like this one."

Forty-one fugitives have now been taken into custody after their cases were featured in The Examiner.

Others captured thanks to tips from Examiner readers include murderers, rapists, scam artists and sex offenders.

Police allege that Edwards was an armed drug trafficker. Officers searched a Capitol Heights home where Edwards was staying in November and found a handgun, marijuana, crack cocaine, scales and packaging equipment, authorities said.

The drugs were worth about $8,000 and the handgun was stolen from out of state, authorities said.

Edwards has a criminal history that includes arrests for murder, assault with a deadly weapon, theft and drugs.

In 1992, when he was 18, Edwards and another man were accused of killing a New York man in Northeast D.C. A judge later ruled that there was insufficient evidence against Edwards and ordered him to be released.

Court records show a preliminary hearing for Edwards is scheduled for April 6 in Prince George's County District Court.

The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, run by the U.S. Marshals Service, is composed of 30 federal, state and local agencies from Baltimore to Norfolk. The unit has captured more than 33,000 wanted fugitives since its creation in 2004.

ebabay@washingtonexaminer.com

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