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ACCUSED 'BIG FISH' OF DRUGS FINALLY CAUGHT AT BAIT SHOP

Authorities tracked down a 32-year-old man Friday who had been sought for more than two years in connection with a drug trafficking ring that operated in the Brooksville and Tampa areas.

Marcus Lamar Fields, 32, was arrested Friday morning as he was leaving a bait-and-tackle shop on Ridge Road in Port Richey. U.S. marshal's agents and detectives from Hernando, Pasco and Polk counties assisted in the arrest.

"We were finally able to track him down," said Sgt. Donna Black, a spokeswoman for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. "We finally got the big fish."

Fields, who was one of Hernando's "most wanted" fugitives, was sought on warrants for being a principal to trafficking in crack cocaine, failure to appear on a charge of marijuana possession and conspiracy to traffic in powder cocaine and ecstasy. He was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail in Pasco County and was being held without bail because authorities consider him a flight risk.

Authorities had been searching for Fields, also known as "Raw," since they broke up a drug ring in Hernando in June 2007. Fields was believed to belong to a high-level trafficking organization based in Hernando County.

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