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Diplomatic Security Locates And Will Help Return Fugitive From The Philippines

Press Statement
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Washington, DC
July 17, 2009


James Ricky Perry Wanted In North Carolina And California

On July 1, 2009 special agents from the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) located James Ricky Perry in Calatagan, the Philippines. Perry is wanted in North Carolina on various drug trafficking charges. He is also wanted in California for false statements in obtaining and using a U.S. passport. Perry has since been arrested by Philippine law enforcement and is awaiting return to the United States.

According to North Carolina State authorities, Perry has been connected to the state drug trade since the 1980s. In 1985, he served two years for drug possession. In May 1995, Drug Enforcement Agency officers arrested Perry on federal drug charges. He was found guilty and served five years in federal prison. In 2004, as a result of an on-going drug sting, North Carolina State law enforcement charged Perry with possession with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. He failed to appear for his court date and had been on the run, even eliciting the attention of television’s “Americas Most Wanted.”

In June 2009, the U.S. Marshals Service informed DSS agents that Perry had fraudulently obtained a U.S. Passport under another identity and traveled to the Philippines. On June 26, 2009 the United States District Court, Central District of California, issued a felony arrest warrant for Perry.

That same month, DSS agents learned where Perry was temporarily residing in Manila, the Philippines. After canvassing area businesses, DSS agents were then able to obtain a permanent address for him in Calatagan.

On July 1, 2009, DSS agents accompanied the Philippine National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to Perry’s house. At 9 p.m. local time that same day, officers of the NBI and PNP arrested Perry.

According to DSS agents, Perry was surprised and shocked that authorities found him in the rural town of Calatagan, located more than 200 miles from the city of Manila. Perry said that he assumed he was safe from capture and had been living comfortably in the Philippines. Although, DSS agents did not question Perry about his pending criminal charges, throughout the evening he protested his innocence and insisted that he was not James Ricky Perry, according to DSS.

DSS agents in Washington, DC and the Philippines will coordinate with The U.S. Marshals Service to arrange for Perry’s return to the U.S. on July 22, 2009.

“Diplomatic Security’s regional security office in Manila maintains an excellent working relationship with local law enforcement personnel, thus enabling Perry’s capture,” said, Edgar Moreno, The Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Assistant Director for Domestic Operations. “It’s this type of close, worldwide law enforcement liaison capability that gives Diplomatic Security unparalleled ability to locate, pursue, and apprehend fugitives.”

Because the U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Security Service is the most widely represented law enforcement organization in the world, DSS's capability to track and capture fugitives who have fled U.S. jurisdiction to avoid prosecution is unmatched. During 2008, DSS assisted in the resolution of 109 international fugitive cases.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State's law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic missions around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel protect the U.S. Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations. More information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at  

Sarah Rosetti


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