sought by Italy captured in New Jersey
Monday, August 21, 2006 4:37 PM
NEWARK, New Jersey-An Albanian who fled Italy after being sentenced
to an eight-year prison term for heroin trafficking has been captured in
northern New Jersey, U.S. authorities said Monday.
Muslim Llacja was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents
on Friday evening after authorities learned he was hiding in the Paterson
area, the agency announced. Llacja was a passenger in a vehicle in Paterson
when he was found, ICE spokesman Mike Gilhooly said.
Interpol had issued a "Red Notice" for Llacja, 38, which indicated that
extradition would be requested, ICE said.
He is to remain in U.S. custody pending a hearing before an immigration
judge on charges he illegally entered the country.
Llacja told ICE agents he sneaked into the United States via the southwest
border with Mexico about two years ago.
The FBI assisted in locating Llacja, said Kyle Hutchins, special agent
in charge of ICE's Newark office.