BANGOR, Maine — A New York City man wanted on felony drug charges was arrested Tuesday by investigators from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s North Central Task Force Office.
Alexander Mercado, 32, of the Bronx, New York, had been a fugitive since 2011, when he failed to appear on Class A felony aggravated drug trafficking charges stemming from the suspected distribution of OxyContin in Penobscot and Hancock counties, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland and MDEA Cmdr. Peter Arno said Wednesday in a joint news release.
Drug agents reportedly had been tracking Mercado’s whereabouts for the past several weeks. Early Tuesday evening, they took him in custody without incident in Bangor after a car he was a passenger in was stopped by Bangor police at MDEA’s request, Arno and McCausland said.
Seized from Mercado during his arrest was more than $47,000 and false state identification for him under an assumed name, they said.
As a result of the discovery of the fake ID, Mercado has been charged with Class B felony forgery.
Mercado made an initial court appearance Wednesday in Bangor during which bail on the warrant charging him with failure to appear to answer to the drug trafficking charges was set at $300,000, with one surety or $100,000 cash. Bail on the forgery charge was set at $25,000 cash.
Mercado remains at Penobscot County Jail, Arno and McCausland said. They said the investigation continues and more arrests are likely as new information is uncovered.