Man Faked Death to Hide from Drug Ring

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a North Carolina man
who faked his own death 20 years ago while visiting Daytona Beach
told police he was trying to hide from a large South Carolina drug ring.

A Weaverville, N.C., police officer stopped 49-year-old Bennie Harden Wint for a traffic violation on Saturday. He gave an assumed name, but when no records came up, Wint admitted his true identity.

He was charged with giving a false name and driving without a drivers license. He was later released on his own recognizance.

Authorities had believed Wint drowned when he went missing in September 1989, leaving behind a fiancee and a daughter from a
previous marriage.

It's not known whether he obtained an attorney.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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