News Release
April 23, 2008
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-2597

America’s Most Wanted Fugitive Faces Federal Cocaine and Gun Charges

APR 23 -- (Indianapolis, IN) - Richard Arthur Ochoa, 35, Waterford, Michigan, has been indicted by a Federal grand jury sitting in Indianapolis. The indictment charges Ochoa with Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of Marijuana. Ochoa’s arrest follows an investigation by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Marshals Service, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

Ochoa was a fugitive from the State of Michigan and was featured on the popular Fox television network show America’s Most Wanted. Ochoa was apprehended on March 26, 2008, in Bloomington, Indiana and was found to be in possession of a large amount of cocaine, a loaded .380 caliber semiautomatic handgun, and marijuana.

“Community involvement and the cooperative efforts of drug law enforcement has led to the capture of a dangerous fugitive,” stated Gary G. Olenkiewicz, Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Chicago Field Division which covers Indiana. “DEA will continue working with the community and our law enforcement partners to keep dangerous drugs and criminals out of our cities and neighborhoods.”

According to Assistant United States Attorney Barry D. Glickman, who is prosecuting the case for the government, OCHOA faces a maximum possible prison sentence of 31 years and a maximum possible fine of $1,251,000. An initial hearing will be scheduled before a United States Magistrate Judge in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The indictment is an allegation only, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial or by guilty plea.