Thursday, December 03, 2020

‘Drug kingpin’ Howard D. Farley Jr: Arrested while attempting to board his plane in the hangar at his home in Weirsdale, Marion County, Florida

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the filing of a criminal complaint charging Howard D. Farley, Jr. (72, Weirsdale) with passport fraud. Farley was arrested on December 2, 2020. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

According to the complaint, in or around February 2020, Farley submitted a passport application using the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of an individual who had died as an infant in 1955. When applying for this passport, Farley failed to disclose his true identity.

In 1985, Farley, along with 73 others, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Nebraska and charged with a narcotics conspiracy. Farley was alleged to be the “drug kingpin” of the Southern Line, a railroad line that was used by the drug dealers to distribute narcotics throughout the United States. Records show that Farley was the only defendant not apprehended in the case, and that he instead assumed the identity of the deceased individual in 1985, and remained a fugitive for more than 35 years.

On December 2, 2020, Farley was arrested at his home on a federal warrant for this complaint under the name “John Doe.” A fingerprint comparison confirmed that he was Howard D. Farley, Jr., the same person wanted in Nebraska since 1985. At the time of his arrest, Farley was attempting to board his private aircraft in the hangar at his home, which he flew using a fraudulent pilot’s license in the name of deceased individual. During the execution of a search warrant, authorities recovered a firearm from inside Farley’s home. Farley was convicted in 1970 of burglary in Nebraska state court.

A criminal complaint is only an allegation and every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, the Department of Transportation - Office of Inspector General, the Social Security - Administration Office of the Inspector General, and with support from the Ocala Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Department of Homeland Security, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the Marion County Sheriff's Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. Felicetta.


  1. 'Investigators say that Farley also obtained a Florida driver’s license in the infant’s name, using the same birthday and Social Security number he provided on his passport applications. Farley used T.B’s identity to secure a pilot’s license in December 2000 and “has applied for renewals or recertification of documents related to his pilot’s license since that time, the most recent being on July 13, 2020,” the complaint states.' @ howard-farley-nebraska-drug-kingpin-hid-out-for-over-three-decades-under-dead-babys-identity-feds

  2. Did he "secure" the license passing the checkride and qualifications? If so it would make him a genuine pilot alas if he lied on his identity that is ground for revocation for all ratings. It is interesting though because the majority of fraudulent ratings are obtained through lying on the necessary qualifications and requirements not on the identity of the pilot.

  3. What name is he currently using. How come they don’t tell us. TB what’s that mean