ROCKLAND, Maine — A 21-year-old Massachusetts man was back behind bars after he was accused of violating terms of his bail by returning to Knox County.
Cameron Soto was arrested New Year’s Eve by Rockland police and charged with violating a condition of his release. He had been arrested Saturday night and charged with trafficking in crack cocaine and oxycodone. When he was released on bail, one of the conditions imposed on the Fairhaven, Mass., resident was that he stay out of Knox County except for court appearances.
On New Year’s Eve, police received a report that Soto was at the Knox County Jail trying to bail out someone. Soto was not at the jail when officers arrived, but he was spotted soon after on Camden Street near the intersection of Cedar Street, according to police.
When Officer Joel Neal approached him, Soto jumped a fence and fled on foot, according to the Rockland Police Department. After an hour-long search, Soto was found hiding in a canvas-covered garage on nearby Pine Street.
Soto was taken to the Knox County Jail. He made an initial court appearance Thursday in Rockland District Court when Judge John Kennedy ordered Soto held without bail.
Soto and three other people were arrested Saturday night at the Trade Winds Motor Inn in Rockland after an Owls Head man confronted Soto about his selling drugs to the man’s sister. Police said they have been investigating Soto for several months for allegedly selling crack cocaine and oxycodone in the Rockland area.