31-year fugitive from Black Tuna drug gang arrested - Miami-Dade Breaking News - MiamiHerald.com: "A key member of the infamous Miami-based Black Tuna Gang, the biggest U.S. marijuana-smuggling operation of its time, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service Thursday morning in West Palm Beach -- more than 31 years after he skipped out of a federal trial.
Mark Steven Phillips, 62, was captured in his rented apartment at Century Village, a senior living community where he had been living in recent months, law enforcement officers said.
``The judge wants to see you, Mark,'' a deputy U.S. marshal told Phillips after rousting him out of bed.
``The judge wants to see me from 30 years ago,'' Phillips responded, according to the Marshals Service.
Phillips was charged in May 1979 along with 13 others in what was then the nation's biggest pot importation prosecution in history -- before the dawn of the Cocaine Cowboy era in Miami. The trial was before U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King, who is still on the bench. Phillips was convicted in absentia on racketeering, possession and distribution charges in February 1980."
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