After successfully evading authorities for nearly a decade, a high-profile fugitive walked into a New York police precinct and turned himself in to face murder, drug trafficking and racketeering charges, officials said.

"It's the right thing to do," Chaka Raysor said after appearing in court, when asked why he surrendered. "I'm tired of living that lifestyle."

The 37-year-old has been profiled at least 11 times on America's Most Wanted and was pegged as one of the show's 'dirty dozen', fugitives most sought after by the show's host, John Walsh.

Raysor turned himself in at the 79th Precinct. Appearing in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, he pleaded not guilty to charges filed against him in September 1996 relating to drug dealing.