Photo: Miami Fugitive, Martin James Malone, Found In Ecuador After 22 Years on the Run
After 22 years on the run, fugitive Martin James Malone was recently found in Ecuador after police there arrested him for not having identification after he says his wallet was stolen by burglars who broke into his vehicle.
In 1990, Malone was arrested for conspiring to import cocaine from Colombia into Miami. However, before the court proceedings were over, he skipped bail and fled to South American where he stayed and started a new life.
Though he was not present at his own trial, Malone was still found guilty along with several others involved in the cocaine smuggling plot, in which they planned to bring thousands of pounds of the drug in the country. Their plan proved fruitless as Coast Guard members spotted some of the bales floating near the Bahaman islands.
He is said to have been living near Montanita, Ecuador with his common-law wife, their daughter, and his step-daughter.
After being brought back to the U.S., Malone was brought before U.S. District Judge William Zloch who jokingly clarified, “I’m afraid we can’t give you bond anymore.”
Malone smiled and said he understood. He is even said to have pointed out to his prosecutor that in the original 1990 court documents his name was incorrect and that his first and middle name had been switched.
The fugitive’s family members believe it was Malone’s ex-wife that told authorities of his whereabouts, because she would benefit greatly from his extradition, as they had been fighting over possession of property.
After pleading guilty to jumping bail on Wednesday, Malone is now scheduled to be sentenced on May 31 in Fort Lauderdale for both that charge and his 1990 conviction.