CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (CBSDC) – A man escaped after he put his court-ordered GPS device on a cat.
Diego Martinez-Espinoza was arrested on drug charges and ordered to wear a GPS device.
Authorities believed he took his device off and placed it on his cat.
When the GPS has been tampered with, it sends a signal for police to call.
“We call them and physically make them come in so we can look at it,” Henrico Sgt. Rick Garrison told WTVR-TV.
Espinoza was arrested and charged with trying to manufacture, sell, give or distribute more than 10 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride by hiding it in the drum of a dryer. He was ordered to wear the GPS device and report to trial on May 6.
“The courts may order bond with GPS or GPS home incarceration,” Garrison explained to WTVR. “We also place them on our work-release inmates.”
Investigators believe Espinoza is traveling south. He is a Mexican national and was in this country illegally.
Earlier this year police believed Espinoza was tampering with his GPS device but when police called, he text them back a picture of himself wearing the device.
This has happened several times, according to DEA documents obtained by the station. But this time, authorities say the device went silent. When investigators entered Espinoza’s apartment, they noticed a cat was wearing the device.
The U.S. Marshalls are now involved in the hunt for Espinoza. The Marshalls say he may have contacts in North Carolina and if you have any information to call 1-877-WANTED-2.