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Six-week manhunt ends at motel

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John Essex captured after fleeing on July 11

Victoria Aldrich
The Advocate-Messenger

An alleged Springfield drug dealer is behind bars at the Boyle County Detention Center after a month-long manhunt.

U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force members arrested 51-year-old John Michael Essex last Monday night at an unnamed Nicholasville motel, according to Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott.

“They called for local agencies for assistance,” Elliott said. Boyle and Mercer county deputies, Kentucky State Police troopers and Nicholasville police responded.


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