04/12/2013 04:27 pm ET

Eugene Nicholas Cobbs, Convicted On Drug Charges, Escapes Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown

Eugene Nicholas Cobbs, who was brought to justice after crashing a plane teeming with $24 million in coke, escaped from prison on Wednesday, News9 reports.

The U.S. Marshals Service is searching for the 42-year-old who simply "walked away" from the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, W. Va., according to the Associated Press.

"We feel confident that Cobbs received assistance and that this was a planned escape. We do not believe that he is in the local area," Alex Neville, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal, said, according to WBOY.

Cobbs was transporting approximately 525 pounds of cocaine when he crashed a small plane at the Wheeling-Ohio County airport in 2004, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was caught four years later in Guadalajara, Mexico.

To make his escape, Cobbs, a Los Angeles native, may have been picked up in a blue Jeep Liberty.

The Post-Gazette ads: "The minimum-security camp is a collection of dorms with a 3-foot fence around it. There's not much to stop someone from fleeing, but the last time someone walked away was 2006."

Cobbs was scheduled to be released in 2019.



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