DEA: Fugitive could be in S Fla

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MIAMI - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is asking for the public's help in locating a federal fugitive who could be living in South Florida.

The DEA's Miami Field Division said Scott Alan Harper Jr was indicted in March 2011, out of the Middle District of Florida for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, authorities said.

According to the DEA, four other defendants were charged and convicted for their involvement, but Harper is the only fugitive in the investigation.

Authorities said Harper fled the Tampa Bay area after learning of his indictment. The DEA Tampa District Office said it has pursued various investigative leads in their attempts to locate Harper, but Harper still remains at large. Investigators said intelligence indicates that Harper may be residing in South Florida and returns periodically to the Tampa area to visit.

Upon conviction, the DEA said Harper may face a mandatory term of life imprisonment based on a statutory enhancement resulting from his prior felony drug convictions.

Harper is described as a white male, age 27, approximately 5'7, 160 pounds, brown eyes, brown hair, and lean build. Investigators said Harper has a dollar sign tattoo on his left cheek and has tattoos covering his neck with "Bay Area" scribed under a cross shape in the center.

According to authorities, Harper's criminal history consists of, but is not limited to: burglary, trespassing, reckless driving, drug possessions, drug manufacturing, drug trafficking, and fleeing from law enforcement.

Investigators said the suspect also goes by Scott Allen Harper.

The DEA said Harper does not have a history of being armed and dangerous. However, authorities said anyone who comes in contact with him should use extreme caution and contact law enforcement immediately.

Anyone with any information on Harper's whereabouts is asked to contact the DEA Tampa District Office at (813) 380-0952 or the United States Marshals Service at (786) 433-6681.

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