Rockland fugitive’s bail set at $100,000

Posted March 31, 2011, at 5:43 p.m.
Last modified March 31, 2011, at 6:12 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Bail was set at $100,000 cash Wednesday for a fugitive who eluded police for 10 years.

On Monday, police found and arrested 51-year-old Steven W. Johnson on a charge of failure to report to prison. He is now being held at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham until his next court appearance scheduled for May 2 in Knox County Superior Court.

Johnson had been on the lam since Nov. 1, 2001, when he failed to report to prison to serve a 10-year sentence for aggravated trafficking in heroin in the midcoast area, according to a press release from the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

He was spotted by police on March 28, in a car in Gorham and arrested without incident.

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The arrest occurred the same month Johnson was featured as the U.S. Marshal Service’s “Fugitive of the Month.”

“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.

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