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Escaped Millington prisoner captured in Kentucky

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A 37-year-old inmate and convicted drug dealer who left the Millington federal prison camp sometime March 10 was captured in Lexington, Ky., March 19 by the Central Kentucky Fugitive Task Force.

Travis Ware was apprehended Tuesday morning by the fugitive task force in the 800 block of Malibu Drive in Lexington, Ky.

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U.S. Marshals spokesman Seth Bruce said that Ware is awaiting extradition back to the Western District of Tennessee.

"These guys have lives before they go to prison and they develop contacts in the outside world," Deputy Marshal Bruce said. "There was someone up there he knew, apparently."

Ware was reported missing after he missed a bed check the evening of March 10 at the federal prison camp. He had been in federal prison since 2003 and is not scheduled to be released until at least 2020.

Ware has seven years to serve on his original sentence of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He will face an additional charge for escape.

It was not until Monday evening, March 12 when Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland was notified through FOX13 News that the inmate has escaped. As well, the Millington Police Department learned about the escapee from a fax they received a day after the prisoner escaped.

Ware was transferred to the Millington federal facility in May 2012. It was believed the federal prisoner was in the eastern part of Tennessee.

In the next week Commissioner Roland plans to tour Will the facility and hopes to talk with the warden. As well, in the next month an ad hoc committee will hold a meeting with invitations sent to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Mid-South sheriffs and  police chiefs of area law enforcement.

Commissioner Roland is hoping to create an e-mail alert, similar to the Amber Alert system, to warn local police and neighbors if an inmate leaves the camp again.


FOX13 News anchor Greg Coy contributed to this report.

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