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Authorities searching for convicted drug trafficker who escaped low risk prison in Bastrop

Federal authorities are searching for a convicted drug trafficker who escaped from a low risk prison in Bastrop.

Leandro De La Fuente Jr. was moved to the FCI Bastrop Satellite Camp back in 2012 after serving five of his 15 year sentence.

"This a camp that is pretty much classified as low risk. It's for someone that you know has a lower risk for escape, someone that can be trusted," said U.S. Deputy Brandon Filla with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

Filla said it's a place where prisoners are given more freedom. "You don't expect them to facilitate a plan to escape," said Filla.

But Filla believes that is exactly what De La Fuente did just three months into his stay, and he likely didn't do it alone.

"He's only been there for approximately three months," said Filla. "It's an area that's not well known to him and he is able to get out of that area in a short amount of time."

A load of marijuana in excess of 200 pounds landed De La Fuente in prison back in 2007.

Filla believes he has either returned home to Laredo or fled to Mexico.

De La Fuete is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 290 pounds.

If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force tip line at 512-800-4213.

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