Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Fugitive Chicago police sergeant arrested after 15 years

Fugitive Chicago police sergeant arrested after 15 years

Eddie Hicks, a former Chicago Police sergeant, went on the run for 14 years but was recently taken into custody in Detroit, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Hicks, a 30-year Chicago Police veteran, was part of a group of people who posed as DEA agents, robbed drug dealers and sold drugs, according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation news release.

Former Chicago cop Eddie C. Hicks was on the lam since 2003. After Hicks fled the country. Authorities said his crew would keep the illicit money for themselves and then sell the drugs, the Chicago Tribune reported. Two years after Hicks vanished, his signature magically appeared on land records which he gave to his son - who was also a Chicago police officer - the South Side property Hicks had used to secure his $150,000 bond.

Hicks, a 30-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, worked in the narcotics section between 1992 and 1997, when he is accused of stealing from drug dealers. Up until that point, Hicks had a successful career, with personal friendships with top commandders, earning comfortable assignments like providing security at Bulls games. But in 2000, Veal was outted and told authorities his history with the officers. Authorities in turn, set up a pair of fake drug houses to capture him. A drug dealer turned informant tipped Hicks off to the locations, the charges alleged, and two police civilian employees were captured on video breaking into the apartments and leaving with thousands of dollars.

Hicks was supposed to appear for trial in June 2003, but he never showed up, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In the end, three of Hicks' four co-defendants ended up pleading guilty by the time hicks' trial was scheduled to start in June 2003. Hicks is the only member of the group that remains a fugitive.

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