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Sikeston man is arrested in Indiana

Friday, December 13, 2002

KOKOMO, Ind. -- A Sikeston, Mo., man who had been on the lam for several months was arrested in Kokomo, Ind., Tuesday afternoon.

Rufus Montshobee Sumlin III, 26, was arrested Tuesday by Kokomo police officers after obtaining photos and warrant information from Sikeston Department of Public Safety detectives.

Detectives had received information last week from a person in Kokomo who had seen Sumlin's photo on the City of Sikeston's Most Wanted web site. Information on Sumlin's whereabouts in the Kokomo area was communicated to the U.S. Marshal's office in Cape Girardeau. Surveillance by the Marshal's service and contact with Kokomo authorities led to the arrest of Sumlin at a residence there.

Sumlin had been wanted by Sikeston DPS since Sept. 11 when other members of his family were arrested during morning raids at residences in Sikeston and Scott County. He is charged with distribution of a controlled substance.

Sumlin had previously been convicted of federal drug charges and had only been out of prison for about seven months before the new charges of distributing a controlled substance were brought.

Fifteen members of the Sumlin family have been prosecuted by the federal government on drug-related charges over the last several years.

Sikeston DPS Director Drew Juden praised the efforts of all the agencies involved with the arrest which included the DEA, FBI, U.S. Marshals, Scott County Sheriff's Department and Kokomo Police, as well as Sikeston DPS.