ECCENTRIC FUGITIVE PC security pioneer John McAfee reportedly has been arrested by the authorities in Guatemala for alleged customs violations.
Reuters cited Guatemalan interior minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla in reporting that McAfee was arrested on charges of illegally entering the country.
McAfee, who long ago sold his stake in the antivirus company that bears his name, fled to Guatemala to evade authorities in Belize. His presence in the country has been known for a couple of days and he has been giving interviews to the press.
The arrest is the latest turn in what has become an increasingly bizarre case involving McAfee and law enforcement authorities in Central America.
McAfee fled police in Belize, who named him as a person of interest in an investigation of the murder of his neighbour Gregory Faull. While there has not been a warrant issued for McAfee's arrest and no charges have been filed, McAfee expressed fears that he would be killed by police if he turned himself in.
McAfee claims to have gathered evidence of extensive corruption and misconduct by government officials in Belize. He claims that he has been harassed by officials as a result of his investigations.
Earlier this year McAfee's compound was raided by law enforcement as part of a weapons and drugs investigation, though no charges were filed against him. While McAfee has maintained that he is doing research into medical uses for local plants, reports have tied him to drug gangs in the area and speculated that McAfee was using "bath salts" drugs.
McAfee has denied those claims as well, saying that posts he made to a drug-related web forum were part of a "prank." µ