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DEA fugitive caught in Northridge after escaping South Carolina jail

Charles Dwight Ransom Jr. is show in this booking photo.

March 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
U.S. Marshals captured one of the Drug Enforcement Administration's most wanted fugitives, and it all happened in Northridge.

Charles Dwight Ransom Jr. was arrested Wednesday night after being on the run for nearly two years.

Ransom walked out of a county jail in South Carolina after forcing an outgoing inmate to swap identification wristbands. He returned to Los Angeles and eluded authorities for 16 months.

Ransom was originally jailed on charges of cocaine distribution and money laundering in November 2011. He is expected to be arraigned sometime on Thursday.