Pasquale Pellicoro Apprehended
South Carolina Fugitive for More Than Three Years
|FBI Columbia October 22, 2010|
David A. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in South Carolina, advises the arrest of Pasquale Pellicoro by the French police in Belfort France at 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2010.
In January 2007, a joint investigation involving several law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was initiated based on concerns over the distribution of cocaine powder in Charleston, South Carolina. During this investigation, Thomas Ravenel, the Treasurer for the State of South Carolina, was identified as participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine powder. Further investigation revealed that Pasquale Pellicoro was one of a number of suppliers of cocaine to Ravenel. These sales took place in Charleston, South Carolina between January 2005 and June 2007.
A summons in this case was issued to Pellicoro requiring him to appear before the Magistrate Judge on September 5, 2007. Pellicoro failed to appear, and was found to have fled the United States because of the pending charge. Pellicoro has been a fugitive for the past three years.
Pellicoro is described as an Italian citizen born March 27, 1954. He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He was born in Italy and has grey hair.
The FBI, Interpol, and police entities in Europeworked jointly to apprehend Pellicoro. David A. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Columbia office of the FBI, requests all inquiries be directed to Denise M. Taiste, Public Affairs Specialist, 803.551.4298.