A man convicted on charges related to the 2004 crash landing in Wheeling, WV of an airplane filled with a quarter-ton of cocaine has pleaded guilty to an escape charge, following his jail break from FCI Morgantown.
Cobbs pleaded guilty to one count of a two count indictment in Clarksburg Federal Court Monday. Assistant Supervisory Deputy United States Marshal Terry Moore testified about Cobbs' April 2013 escape from FCI Morgantown. Cobbs was on a cleaning detail in the parking lot when he walked away from the facility. Cobbs went to Dinsmore Tire & Auto on Willey Street where he called a taxi. The taxi took Cobbs to Kroger in Sabraton, where he picked up a $200 Western Union money transfer that was sent by Jamie Angel Clayton, Cobbs' co-conspirator, alleged Moore. The taxi took Cobbs to a bus depot where he picked up a bus ticket that Clayton purchased for him, said Moore. Cobbs then traveled to Philadelphia by bus. Moore didn't provide details about Cobbs' travel from Philadelphia to Mexico.
Clayton was indicted in May 2013 for aiding the escape of a convicted drug trafficker from the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown. Cobbs will be held in the area while Clayton's case is pending. Her trial is scheduled for September 9.
U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley accepted Cobbs' guilty plea and sentenced him to 14 months in prison, to be served consecutively with his current 151 month sentence. Judge Keeley also ordered Cobbs receive an additional 3 year supervised release, to be served concurrently with his 5 year supervised release. Cobbs must also pay a $100 special assessment. Cobbs requested to be transferred to Fort Dix in New Jersey. Judge Keeley denied the request, citing that the conspiracy to escape originated at the facility.
Cobbs was convicted in 2010 for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and piloting an aircraft without a license. Cobbs piloted a plane in 2004 that crashed near the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport. Cobbs fled the scene and authorities found 525 pounds of cocaine on the plane, worth approximately $24 million. Cobbs was tied to an international drug ring following his plane crash and fled to Mexico where he was a fugitive until his arrest in Texas in 2008. Cobbs was originally sentenced to serve his time at FCI Fort Dix but was later transferred to FCI Morgantown.