Former Chicago police officer wanted on RICO and drug charges caught in Detroit

Posted at 4:15 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 19:08:02-04

A former Chicago police officer on the run from the FBI for more than a decade and wanted for a number of felonies has been arrested in Detroit.

Eddie C. Hicks was facing Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Conspiracy, Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Failure to Appear charges, when he disappeared.

He has been on the run since 2003. During that time he has been featrued on America's Most Wanted.

The FBI describes Hicks crimes as follows:

Eddie C. Hicks is wanted for his alleged involvement in a conspiracy to steal drugs and money from known drug dealers and subsequently sell the drugs to other drug dealers in the Chicago, Illinois, area.  Hicks and four other accomplices would allegedly pose as Drug Enforcement Administration task force officers, prepare false search warrants to gain entry to stash houses of known drug dealers, confiscate drugs, money, and other valuables, and then take the drugs to another dealer to be sold.  The profits were split among the individuals involved in the scheme.  Hicks is the only member of the group that remains a fugitive.

Hicks was scheduled to appear for trial on June 9, 2003, to face drug and RICO charges, but he failed to appear.  A bench warrant for his arrest was issued the same day by the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, after he was charged with failure to appear based on the original charges of Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Conspiracy, and Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance.