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FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK: Ali Shabazz, AKA "Sparks," wanted again
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The very first fugitive to be featured by the U.S. Marshals as a "fugitive of the Week" is now wanted again - this time on new charges.
Ali Shabazz, also known as "Sparks," is currently wanted by the United States Marshals Service for Violation of Supervised Release.
Marshals described Shabazz as a black male, roughly 6 feet tall and 145-150 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. They said Shabazz has a scar on his nose, forehead, and over his right eye.
He also has several tattoos that make him distinguishable, Marshals said, including a Grim Reaper with the comedy and tragedy masks on his neck; and evil clown face with hearts, diamonds, spade and clubs symbols on his right arm; birds and flames on his left arm; the word "Young" on his left arm and the word "Stunna" on his right arm.
"This young man has the dubious honor of being the very first subject we featured as the Fugitive of the Week," said U.S. Marshal Jamie Farrington. "The pressure on his family and friends as a result of his original feature cause him to surrender two days after being featured. We're hoping for a similar result this time."
Shabazz was sentenced in October of 2007 to 46 months in federal prison for his part in a drug ring. In March 2009, Shabazz was allowed to leave the halfway house where he was staying to look for employment, but he never returned.
On April 8, 2009 Shabazz made the decision to surrender to authorities after being informed by family members in Utica that he had been featured in the local media as the "Fugitive of the Week".
Shabazz is from Utica and has extensive family and associate contacts in and around Utica.