Fugitive thought to be working construction in Austin captured near Dallas

Cristobal Villegas served a 12-year sentence for possession of 50 or more kilograms of marijuana. (Photo courtesy: Love Star Fugitive Task Force)

UPDATE: The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force says Cristobal Villegas was arrested in Mesquite, Texas on June 19.


The Lone Star Fugitive Task force is looking for a convicted drug dealer that could be working in construction in Austin.

Cristobal Villegas served a 12-year sentence for possession of 50 or more kilograms of marijuana. After his release, he was supposed to be on probation for another three years.

"Over the course of two years he's failed at least six drug tests," said U.S. Deputy Marshal Brandon Filla.

According to authorities, Villegas was given multiple opportunities to continue with his probation. But the offenses continued.

"He seems to have that drug problem in and out, always testing positive for marijuana or opioids," Filla said.

In addition to the failed drug tests, Villegas was also arrested in Lee County.

"They searched the rear of the patrol vehicle and that's where they find another bag of a white powdery substance," Filla said.

Villegas was released from jail and he reported to his parole officer after. There, he was given another drug test and failed. Arrest warrants were issued but by the time authorities were ready to arrest him, Villegas had disappeared.

"He's got numerous tattoos around the neck area, full tatted on his chest as well as his back and also on his arms," Filla said.

Villegas is also known for being part of a gang, and investigators believe he could be in the Austin area, working in construction.

"He's always trying to help reconstruct some type of property, but it's the criminal justice system that has always been trying to reconstruct his behavior," Filla said.

Failed attempts that could now put others in danger.

"A lot of those things can happen when they need to feed that habit and that's how we get victims involved," Filla said.

If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.

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