A Newark man arrested by Maryland police and charged with drug distribution told officers he was a wanted man in the Dominican Republic, authorities said.

However the chief of the Rising Sun Police Department said the man – who also admitted to being in the country illegally – has since been freed after paying a $2,500 bond.

Yeudy Campusano-Aguero, 30, was stopped by Rising Sun police around 8 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Pearl and Queen Streets right in front of Rising Sun Town Hall, according to Chief Francis “Chip” Peterson.

After stopping Campusano-Aguero for speeding, Peterson said officers immediately saw questionable activity inside the 2016 Chevy Malibu.

“He was making suspicious movements. The officer feared for his safety,” Peterson said Wednesday.

A search of the vehicle uncovered what Peterson described as “enough crack cocaine to charge him with distribution.”

Peterson said that while Campusano-Aguero was being held at the police station, he told officers he had a warrant for his arrest in the Dominican Republic.

“They called and confirmed he was wanted for murder,” Peterson said.

Campusano-Aguero was sent to the court commissioner and held at the Cecil County Detention Center.

“Before being released from the detention center, it was learned he was here illegally,” Peterson said, noting that he was set to be released on $2,500 bond Sept. 4 before officials learned of his immigration status. “He had a two-year visa, but he’s been here eight years.”

So again Campusano-Aguero was held without bond and turned over to federal authorities. However, another bail review at the hands of the federal court system resulted in another $2,500 bail, which Peterson said Campusano-Aguero has paid to gain his freedom.

It has Peterson shaking his head.

“You would think a subject in the country here illegally, wanted for murder in another country would be held and extradited,” Peterson said.

Capusano-Aguero was also charged with possession of drugs and two counts of possession of paraphernalia. He has a Sept. 25 preliminary hearing in Cecil County Circuit Court.

Court records indicate Capusano-Aguero is living in the Allandale Village Apartments east of Newark.

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