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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: August 13, 2010
An Arizona fugitive’s accomplice was acting as a drug mule for a white supremacy group and agreed to become a police informant weeks before she helped him escape from prison, the authorities said Friday in Flagstaff. The accomplice, Casslyn Welch, and her fiancé and cousin, John McCluskey, are now considered among the most-wanted fugitives in America. The authorities say Ms. Welch helped Mr. McCluskey and two other men escape from the Arizona State Prison in Kingman by throwing wire cutters over a fence. The other two inmates, Daniel Renwick and Tracy Province, have been captured.
Ms. Welch was visiting Mr. McCluskey at the medium-security prison in June when a random search of her and her vehicle turned up marijuana, heroin and drug paraphernalia, said Trish Carter, a spokeswoman for the Mohave County sheriff’s office. Ms. Welch was not jailed because she agreed to become an informant, and she provided information about the suppliers of the drugs, Ms. Carter said. Ms. Welch told investigators that she was being paid by members or associates of a supremacist group to smuggle heroin into the prison, as she had successfully done three times before, but she declined to say who the items were intended for at the prison.
Fidencio Rivera, chief deputy United States marshal for Arizona, said that the authorities believed Ms. Welch and Mr. McCluskey had minimal ties to white supremacy groups in or out of prisons and that “we’re not expending much resources on that right now.”