After years on run, drug smuggler is arrested

November 26, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A convicted drug smuggler from Anne Arundel County who authorities say has been a fugitive for nearly a decade has been arrested in Georgia and will now serve the 13-year prison sentence he has avoided, federal officials announced yesterday.

Members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force said they arrested Abdul M. Hakim last night outside his wife's home in Decatur, Ga., a residential neighborhood in suburban Atlanta.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Matt Burke said the 53-year-old suspect, who was born Calvin Tyrone Fleming in Cleveland, tried to pass himself off as a West African and produced a passport from Ghana.

Few details of Hakim's drug conviction could be learned yesterday. He pleaded guilty to federal charges of smuggling marijuana and cocaine into Annapolis in 1987 and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Burke said a federal judge released Hakim on $200,000 bail and allowed him to go on his own to the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Ariz., to serve his sentence. Burke said Hakim never showed up.

Burke said Hakim lived in several states as he eluded attempts to capture him. Burke said an exhaustive search by his agency led investigators to Georgia.

Burke said that when members of the task force first approached Hakim, he spoke in a "bad African accent" and produced the foreign passport and an international driver's license. His wife could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Burke said Hakim is being held at a jail in Fulton County, Ga., while awaiting transfer to a federal correctional institution.

Hakim's 20-year-old son, Az-zahir Hakim, is a football standout at San Diego State University.

Pub Date: 11/26/97

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