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Pensacola, Florida (PNJ) -- A man who the Escambia County Sheriff's Office identified as the area's primary heroin distributor has been re-arrested.

James Jonathan Mitchell, 50, was taken into custody in May on several charges including drug trafficking, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence.

According to his arrest report, Mitchell had been under investigation by county, state and federal agencies since December 2011, and he was facing a mandatory minimum of 25 years in state prison for the amount of heroin found in his residence.

In the report, the arresting officer wrote "This officer finds it reasonable to set a $1 million bond in fear of Mitchell being a potential flight risk." At the time of his arrest in Florida, Mitchell was also facing charges in Kaufman County, Texas, for possession of a controlled substance and money laundering.

According to Escambia County court records, Mitchell's bond was set at $131,000, and he was released shortly afterward after posting 10 percent of the amount.

Mitchell's bond was revoked June 12 when he missed a court appearance, according to records.

After receiving numerous tips from the community, Mitchell was located in a drive-thru line at a restaurant on U.S. 98, a news release from the Sheriff's Office said. He was arrested by the deputies and members of the U.S. Marshall's Task Force.

Mitchell is currently being held in Escambia County Jail without bond.

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