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FBI uses billboards to find Buffalo fugitive

There was a time when the FBI thought Oscar Romero had fled to Puerto Rico.

Investigators now believe the accused gang member may be back in Buffalo, and they want help from the public in finding him.

Billboards with Romero’s name and photo – he’s charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine – went up Monday in Niagara Falls and Buffalo.

The billboard campaign is designed to seek the public’s assistance in finding the fugitive, said Brian P. Boetig, special agent in charge of the FBI in Buffalo.

Romero, also known as Carlito, was indicted last year along with nine other alleged members of the Loiza Boys Gang on the West Side.

The indictment was the result of an earlier investigation by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.

At the time, the task force believed Romero had returned to Puerto Rico, but investigators say new information indicates he may have returned to the Buffalo area.

The FBI claims the Loiza Boys, named for a small town in Puerto Rico where they once lived, smuggled kilos of heroin into the United States and then sold it from drug houses on the West Side.

Anyone with information about Romero is asked to call the FBI at 856-7800 or their local police department.

The billboards are the result of a partnership between the FBI and Lamar Advertising.