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News - July 31, 2013

Fugitive arrested in drug case

Menlo Park police and FBI agents arrested on July 22 a 48-year-old Newark man who has been on the run from police in connection with a drug trafficking and weapons violation investigation.

John Sellers was booked into the San Mateo County jail that night, and the next day was taken to San Francisco and booked into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The Menlo Park police investigated Mr. Sellers in September 2012 when he was living in East Palo Alto, said Acting Commander Eric Cowans of the Menlo Park Police Department. At the time, Mr. Sellers was suspected of selling and distributing methamphetamine in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.

The police got a search warrant for Mr. Sellers' home on Glen Way in East Palo Alto in September 2012, but did not find Mr. Sellers there. Police said they discovered a shotgun and methamphetamine at the site.

Mr. Sellers had been on the run from law enforcement since November 2012, when he was indicted in federal court in San Francisco, and a no-bail warrant was issued.

On July 22, Menlo Park detectives and FBI agents spotted a man in Newark believed to be Mr. Sellers, riding as a passenger in a vehicle. They trailed the vehicle to a gas station in San Jose, where the vehicle stopped and his identify was confirmed by detectives, Mr. Cowans said.

Mr. Sellers, who was taken into custody without incident, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, police said.

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