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Texas Fugitive on ‘Most Wanted’ List Dies in Mexico

January 14, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Mexican government returned the body of a 38-year-old fugitive wanted by federal marshals in Texas in connection with an alleged narcotics conspiracy and at least three murders, officials said Wednesday.

Thomas W. Teutsch had been on the U.S. Marshal Service list of ″15 Most Wanted″ fugitives since June 7, 1982, when he failed to appear for federal trial in Austin on racketeering and narcotics conspiracy charges.

Teutsch reputedly was a high-ranking member of the imfamous ″Cammarata family″ led by the late Houston nightclub owner Sam Cammarata, which was described by federal officials as an international drug smuggling ring responsible for at least six killings.

Teutsch, known as the ″family enforcer,″ was allegedly involved in three of these murders, according to the following October.

A Corpus Christi native, Teutsch was arrested in 1981 on four counts of conspiracy to smugle marijuana and cocaine. After failing to appear for trial, he became the subject of a massive manhunt in the U.S. and Mexico.

His body was identified in Brownsville, Texas after Mexican officials returned it to the United States following his death in Jalapa in the state of Veracruz. He died Jan. 8 after back surgery, federal officials said.

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