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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Contact: Special Agent Thomas Ahern

Law Enforcement Requesting Public’s Help in Locating ATF Fugitive

Chicago – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Chicago Police Department, the Skokie Police Department, the Rockford Fire and Police Departments and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police request the public’s help in locating federal fugitive Justin Thomas Paglusch. 

On April 21, 2015, a federal grand jury in Rockford charged four individuals with conspiring to manufacture, possess, and distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants that were being grown in a warehouse located at 1916 11th Street in Rockford, Illinois. Three individuals have thus far been arrested and had federal court appearances in Rockford: George H. Bacus, 51 of Niles, IL, Jeremiah N. Clement, 37, of Des Plaines, IL and Yousif Y. Pira, 62, of Chicago, IL.  The fourth remaining member of the conspiracy - Justin Thomas Paglusch, 34, of Ingleside, IL has not yet been arrested and is an ATF fugitive.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating Justin Thomas Paglusch and have offered a reward of $5,000 to be paid to the individual providing specific information that leads to his arrest.  Paglusch has resided most recently in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

ATF Tip Line – 1-888-ATF-TIPS  or 1-888-283-8477

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ATF Fugitive Justin T. Paglusch AKA Justin Thomas
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