Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tribune: Wig-Wearing Drug Fugitive Caught on North Idaho Highway

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

A fugitive, wearing a woman's wig and dubbed the "merchant of meth" by Idaho law enforcement, was arrested in a traffic stop June 17 on U.S. Highway 95 near the north Idaho town of Genesee.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that 41-year-old Brian Pratt has been missing since he skipped out on his second day of trial in March, facing a charge of trafficking meth. Prosecutors said Pratt had been selling meth out of a Lewiston storefront. At the time of his arrest, police said they found nearly a pound of meth in a coat pocket. He was called a "merchant of meth" during his trial and was ultimately convicted in absentia.

Police said they received a tip June 17 that Pratt was in the region and they pulled over a vehicle on U.S. 95 where they found the suspect in a woman's wig. He now faces a life in prison for all of his charges.

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