Everyone loves a great fugitive story.
According to the New York Daily News, fugitive John Franklin Forbis was finally caught in Oregon after being on the run for 20 years.
Forbis skipped bail and escaped from upstate New York in 1992 after getting nabbed in one of the largest marijuana busts in history — $1 million worth. His forte? He made marijuana-infused rum.
The 72-year-old veteran drug trafficker had been hiding out in the Siuslaw National Forest and staying below the radar by living under an alias. But after becoming sick, he ended up filing for Social Security benefits under his real identify, which eventually led to his capture.
“He was the only defendant that I could remember essentially losing,” Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka told the Daily News. “It’s the biggest pot case we’ve ever had. People were not knocking on his door for an ounce or two.”
Czajka tried to get the judge to let Forbis off the hook on a $2 million bail, but when that plan fizzled, he fled.
Even though he didn’t show up for his trial, Forbis was convicted by a jury and sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for first-degree marijuana possession.
He is scheduled to be transferred back to New York to serve his long-avoided sentence.
We really thought this guy would have been a resourceful badass, like the ones we see in Hollywood action movies. How in the world can you be on the run for two decades and get caught while filing for Social Security benefits? It boggles our minds.