Federal marshals are searching for 32-year-old Thanousone Volarat, a suspected marijuana distributor, after he escaped custody Monday morning from a Fresno medical center, authorities said.
Volarat, indicted in September 2011 along with two others in a scheme to cultivate and distribute marijuana out of state, was in custody awaiting his next meeting with prosecutors on March 11, according to reports.
Volarat walked out of the infusion centers back door wearing a red jumpsuit and shackles, authorities said, and fled in a red Honda sedan driven by a companion.
Authorities said Volarat is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, has a tattoo on his right arm of a dragon and sometimes walks with a limp.
There is a reward for information leading to his capture. Anyone who has information about his whereabouts are asked to call Deputy Tim Merrell at (559) 352-0433.