BANGOR, Maine — State drug agents arrested on Monday a fugitive from justice who had been on the lam since 2006.
During the more than 2½ years he was a fugitive, Brad Plourde, 24, had been using an alias. He also had altered his appearance by shaving his head and closely trimming his goatee.
Also on Monday, Bangor police charged his girlfriend after she allegedly lied to police about his whereabouts.
Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency initially arrested Plourde on Oct. 14, 2006, after his vehicle was stopped on Interstate 95 in Sherman, MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall announced Tuesday.
He said drug agents had followed Plourde and his accomplice, Donald Thibeault, out of state and back to Aroostook County before the two were stopped and agents seized cocaine valued at more than $35,000.
Plourde, then 22 and living in Eagle Lake, was charged with aggravated trafficking in cocaine. Plourde was released shortly thereafter when he posted bail.
Before Plourde made his initial court appearance, however, agents arrested him again for violation of bail after he failed a urine test, Crandall said.
Once again, Plourde was granted bail. He was scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 6, 2006, but failed to show up and had been on the run ever since, Crandall said.
“I guess he had other plans,” Crandall said.
During the more than 2½ years that have elapsed, MDEA agents actively sought Plourde, chasing down leads in Kennebec, Androscoggin and Penobscot counties. Plourde, however, continued to elude them.
Also during that time, Plourde failed to comply with a requirement to register as a sex offender for a conviction in Fort Kent District Court of criminal restraint involving a victim under the age of 14. Details about that conviction, including when it occurred, were not immediately available Tuesday evening.
The break for drug agents came recently, when they received a tip that Plourde was working in the Bangor area under an assumed name. The fugitive investigation accelerated again.
On Monday afternoon, agents pieced together that Bangor police had arrested Plourde on July 26 for a traffic offense and that Plourde had provided them identification bearing the name Francis Leidy.
Agents tracked him under that name to an apartment on Willow Street in Bangor and surrounded the house with Bangor police officers.
Plourde’s girlfriend, Sarah Parlin, 30, told agents that Plourde was not home. Agents and officers searched the residence, however, and found Plourde hiding behind a sofa in the basement. He was arrested without incident.
Parlin was charged with hindering apprehension. Given the fact that there was a 3-month-old child in the home, DHHS also was notified.
Bangor police also have charged Plourde with aggravated forgery for his execution of a bail bond using a false name, Crandall said.
When MDEA updated its Web site and created a Facebook page earlier this year, Plourde was one of the “fugitives” featured on those sites, Crandall said, adding that it was not clear Tuesday whether the tip leading to Plourde’s arrest was a result of either site.
Plourde will be taken back to Aroostook County to face the cocaine trafficking charges from 2006.
Residents with information on drug trafficking in their community may call MDEA toll free at 800-452-6457 or leave tips anonymously at www.maine.gov/dps/mdea.