A Rhode Island man who allegedly threatened a family member with violence is in custody at the Waldo County Jail after police located him in Waldo County and arrested him on several drug charges Saturday, Sept. 25.

According to a press release form the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Dale Brown and Detective Matt Curtis arrested Peter J. Gomes, 45, of North Scituate, R.I., after a traffic stop in Thorndike. Gomes was charged with unlawful trafficking in schedule Z drugs (marijuana), two counts of possession of a schedule W drug (cocaine, hashish) and possession of marijuana.

The traffic stop was prompted by a Thursday, Sept. 23, complaint that came in from some of Gomes’ relatives who live in Waldo County. The press release stated that Gomes’ relatives reported that he had made threats that led them to believe he would travel to Maine “with the intention of committing a crime of violence toward a family member.”

Brown and Curtis spotted a Ford Ranger that fit the description of Gomes’ vehicle Saturday, and they executed a traffic stop. Gomes was at the wheel of the vehicle, and upon further investigation, the officers located the drugs in his vehicle.

Following his arrest, Gomes was transported to the Waldo County Jail, where he is being held on $10,000 cash or $100,000 single surety bail.