Douglas prison escapee returned to custody

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Associated Press

Posted on July 9, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 30 at 3:39 PM

UPDATE -- July 30:

Escapee Lonnie Smith was returned to Arizona Department of Corrections custody Thursday evening.

Smith, a minimum security inmate who drove away from a work site at the Huachuca City landfill on July 8, was discovered at a mobile home in Wittman.

ADC's Fugitive Apprehension Unit was assisted by the Surprise Police tactical unit and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in capturing the fugitive at about 5:40 p.m.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities are searching for a minimum security inmate from the state prison in Douglas who has escaped from a work crew.

Arizona Department of Corrections officials say Lonnie Smith left the work crew at the Huachuca City Landfill early Thursday afternoon in a city-owned vehicle that still had its keys in the ignition.

DOC officials notified the state Department of Public Safety, Cochise County Sheriff's Office, Sierra Vista Police Department, the U.S. Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies and deployed its tracking teams.

Smith has been in prison since March 5 after a conviction for drug paraphernalia violation and misconduct involving a weapon. He was scheduled to be released in June 2012. Smith was previously imprisoned in Arizona in 1996 for theft and forgery convictions.

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