A suspected drug trafficker who evaded federal and local authorities for more than nine months was arrested Monday in San Jose, police announced today. John Sellers, 48, of Newark, had been sought by Menlo Park police and the San Francisco branch of the FBI in connection with drug trafficking and weapons violations, according to Menlo Park police.
Sellers was indicted on those offenses in federal court in November 2012 and a no-bail warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest. On Monday, officers conducting surveillance in the 6200 block of Wilma Street in Newark spotted a passenger in a vehicle who matched Sellers’ description, police said. The vehicle was followed to a gas station in San Jose, where the passenger was visually confirmed to be Sellers, police said.
He was taken into custody without incident. Sellers, who was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest, was booked into San Mateo County Jail. This morning the suspect was transported to San Francisco where he was transferred into the custody of the U.S. Marshall’s Office, police said.
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