Midcoast fugitive on the lam for 10 years arrested Monday in Gorham

Posted March 28, 2011, at 3:17 p.m.
Last modified March 28, 2011, at 6:18 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Police on Monday found and arrested a 51-year-old fugitive who had been on the lam for 10 years.

On Monday, shortly after Steven W. Johnson was featured as “Fugitive of the Month” for March 2011, police spotted him in a car in Gorham, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

He was arrested without incident by members of the Marshal’s Office and the Maine Violent Offender Task Force, the press release stated. He was brought to Cumberland County Jail, but will soon return to Knox County.

Johnson has been wanted on warrants from Knox County Superior Court ever since he failed to show up to serve his 10-year prison sentence in 2001 for aggravated trafficking in heroin in the midcoast area, the release said.

“Johnson is a convicted felon who has an extensive criminal history [that includes] arrests and convictions for theft, assault, terrorizing, obstructing government administration and drug trafficking,” the U.S. Marshal’s Office wrote.

The Maine Violent Offender Task Force is made up of local, county, state and federal law enforcement officers, according to the release. The task force, working under the U.S. Marshals Service is charged with investigating violent crimes and locating and apprehending fugitives and wanted people. For more information, visit online www.usmarshals.gov.              

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