Accused Boston crime boss "Whitey" Bulger arrested

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Posted: Jun 23, 2011 12:53 AM
Accused Boston crime boss "Whitey" Bulger arrested

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On the run for 17 years, the accused Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his longtime girlfriend were finally caught in California by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday.

They were arrested without incident at a residence in Santa Monica, the FBI said in a statement, just days after the agency renewed its public campaign to capture Bulger and girlfriend Catherine Greig.

The 81-year-old former fugitive was wanted on 19 counts of murder, drug deals, extortion, money laundering and conspiracy. He is the older brother of William "Billy" Bulger, a former president of the Massachusetts State Senate.

A $2 million reward had been offered for information leading to Bulger's arrest. He was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in 1999.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Philip Barbara)