Police: Neck tattoos help deputies catch Florida fugitive in Unity

Posted Oct. 24, 2012, at 1:58 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 24, 2012, at 5:46 p.m.
Alex A. Carraher
Waldo County Jail
Alex A. Carraher

UNITY, Maine — Police acting on an anonymous tip Tuesday night arrested a man in Unity who is a fugitive from justice in Florida, where he is wanted on a drug conspiracy charge.

Alex A. Carraher, 35, was arrested on Juniper Lane, where police believe he has been staying, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. It’s the same residence where police had responded to a report of a domestic issue earlier this week, Trafton said Wednesday, adding that he believed the tip might be related to the earlier incident.

Carraher is one of 17 people indicted in July by a federal grand jury in Tampa, Fla., for conspiracy to distribute narcotics containing oxycodone, according to documents filed on the federal court’s electronic case filing system.

Carraher appears to be the last person charged in the alleged conspiracy to be apprehended. Information about what role authorities in Florida believe Carraher may have played in the alleged distribution ring and whether it stretched to Maine was not available Wednesday in documents filed in federal court in Tampa or Bangor.

He is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III at 11 a.m. Thursday in federal court in Portland, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

When police in Waldo County learned that Carraher was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service out of Tampa, Fla., they went to the home to pick him up. He initially gave them a false last name, but his distinctive neck tattoos made identification fairly easy, Trafton said.

Once Carraher was positively identified, he did not give arresting officers any trouble, the chief deputy said.

Carraher was charged with being a fugitive from justice and possession of Suboxone, a controlled substance. He was booked at Waldo County Jail in Belfast and has been transferred to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where he is awaiting extradition to Florida. Efforts Wednesday to contact the U.S. Marshals to learn more about why he is wanted in Florida were unsuccessful.

While police were going to pick up Carraher, they noticed a vehicle with a familiar person inside — 24-year-old Evan Aucoin, who also lives on Juniper Lane.

Aucoin was wanted by police on an outstanding warrant for failing to pay fines, and also was arrested.

“It was a two-for-one deal,” Trafton said.

BDN writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.

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