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March 10, 2017

Fauquier fugitive arrested near Canadian border

The U.S. Marshals Service had joined the manhunt for Byant O’Neal Banks, who got arrested Friday morning in Maine.
Authorities in Maine have arrested a Fauquier heroin distribution case defendant who fled after his release from jail on bond, according to the county sheriff’s office.

Bryant O’Neal Banks, 42, formerly of Catlett, failed to appear for his jury trial Nov. 9, Sgt. James Hartman said in a press release.

Investigators had charged Mr. Banks with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance after investigators searched his Overbrook Drive home in February 2016.

Since his arrest, Mr. Banks had remained free on bond, pending trial. After his disappearance, authorities added a charge of failure to appear and two counts of contempt of court.

Sheriff’s detectives worked with a U.S. Marshal’s Service task force to him.

Sheriff’s Detective Jonathan Waddell recently got information on Mr. Banks’ possible whereabouts and shared that with the task force.

U.S. Marshals and Maine State Police found him at approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday at an Interstate 95 truck stop near near Houlton, Maine, about two miles from the Canadian border, Sgt. Hartman said.

Mr. Banks had traveled north as a passenger in a tractor-trailer, according to authorities.

Police arrested him without incident. Mr. Banks faces extradition to Fauquier County for trial.

The initial investigation into heroin distribution, which led to his arrest last winter, resulted in the seizure of $180,000 in cash and a large quantity of the drug.

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