He Was a Chicago Cop for 29 Years, a Fugitive for 14

Eddie C. Hicks has been arrested in Detroit
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2017 9:40 AM CDT
Eddie C. Hicks   (FBI)

(Newser) – His FBI wanted poster now reads "Captured." Under occupation, it reads "former police officer." One-time Chicago police Sgt. Eddie C. Hicks was arrested in Detroit Tuesday morning after more than 14 years on the lam. Hicks didn't show up on the opening day of his June 2003 trial on federal drug conspiracy charges, which stemmed from allegations that Hicks ran a rip-off crew that would rob drug dealers of cash and drugs, the latter of which his crew would allegedly sell to other dealers. The Tribune dives into the allegations against Hicks, who NBC Chicago reports was a member of the force for 29 years, and who authorities claim received tips from a big-time cocaine dealer whose own bust in 2000 led the dealer to spill the details of the arrangement.

The FBI then set up two dummy drug houses on Chicago's South Side outfitted with surveillance equipment; it claims that as two Chicago Police Department civilian employees broke in and stole cash, Hicks was outside keeping watch and advising via cellphone. Per the Sun-Times, Hicks and his crew allegedly made use of fake CPD badges, unmarked CPD cars, and forged search warrants. The Sun-Times recounts one incident that seems ripped from Hollywood: Hicks and his crew allegedly raided an Alsip, Ill., apartment in April 1999 using a fake search warrant. As Alsip police came upon the scene, the crew fled the apartment, telling the police they were members of a DEA task force. Hicks, now 68, agreed to be transferred to Chicago during a Tuesday court hearing in Detroit. (Read more fugitive stories.)

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