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Judge in NM orders fugitive James Cameron returned to Maine

U.S. Marshals Service | BDN
U.S. Marshals Service | BDN
James Cameron
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A federal judge in New Mexico on Tuesday ordered James M. Cameron returned to Maine, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

At an identity hearing in Albuquerque before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Hayes Scott, Cameron admitted he was the person named in the warrant issued Nov. 15 in Bangor by U.S. District Judge John Woodcock.

Cameron, 50, of Rome cut off his ankle monitoring bracelet and jumped bail in the early morning hours of Nov. 15. He fled the state less than 12 hours after a federal appellate court in Boston upheld seven of his convictions on child pornography charges.

The state’s former top drug prosecutor was arrested Sunday in Albuquerque. Additional details about Cameron’s flight and arrest are not expected to be released until he is returned to Maine and appears in court.

He is being held at the Sandoval County Detention Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., according to information released following his arrest.

Cameron was facing a return to federal prison to complete his 16-year sentence when he skipped bail.

Maine’s U.S. marshal, Noel March, said Tuesday afternoon that he had no details on Cameron’s return to Maine.

Based on the length of time it has taken to return other individuals arrested out of state to face federal charges in Maine, it could take between three and six weeks to get Cameron before Woodcock.

Manuel Trinidad-Acosta, 28, of New York City was arrested in New York on Nov. 4, 2011, on drug charges related to the crack cocaine ring that police said operated out of adjacent apartments on Ohio Street in Bangor.

He appeared before a federal judge in Manhattan, N.Y., on Nov. 7, 2011, and was ordered returned to Maine eight days later. Trinidad-Acosta made his court appearance in Maine on Dec. 13, 2011.

His co-defendant, Dawlin Cabrera, 30, of New York City was arrested in that city on Feb. 2, 2012. The same day, he was ordered returned to Maine. Cabrera made his first court appearance in Maine on Feb. 22, 2011.

Once Cameron is returned to Maine, a hearing to revoke his bail will be scheduled before Woodcock, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

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