Police crack Rumford heroin ring, 3 arrested

RUMFORD — Authorities say they've cracked a heroin ring that delivered up to 4,700 bags of heroin per week to the River Valley.

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Sarah L. Bosworth

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Corey Lerice Edingbourgh

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Daniel Wayne Richard

More than 450 doses were seized in drug operations in Bethel on Wednesday and in Rumford on Monday, said Tony Milligan, deputy supervisor and special agent of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

"In my 16 years at Rumford PD, we've intermittently come across heroin in drug investigations we've done, but not anywhere near in this quantity," Rumford police Capt. Daniel Garbarini said.

The estimated street value of the seized heroin was about $12,000, Milligan said Thursday.

"With what was seized, multiply that by five or 10 times and that's what our investigation is telling us is coming into the River Valley area on a weekly basis," Milligan said.

Three people were arrested in the six-month investigation; more arrests are expected as it continues, he said.

Arrested on felony drug charges were Sarah L. Bosworth, 29, and her boyfriend, Corey Lerice Edingbourgh, 30, both of 125 Main St., third-floor apartment in Mexico, and Daniel Wayne Richard, 26, of 154 Essex Ave. in Rumford.

Bosworth and Edingbourgh, who are charged with aggravated heroin trafficking, remained behind bars Thursday, unable to make bail of $20,000 each. They will be arraigned Friday in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris.

Richard, who was charged Tuesday with two counts of aggravated oxycodone trafficking — both within a school or safe zone — and unlawful trafficking in heroin in Rumford, was released on $20,000 cash bail Wednesday at his arraignment, Milligan said.

He said Bosworth and Edingbourgh were caught early Wednesday evening during a simultaneous stop-and-search of their car in Bethel and their apartment in Mexico.

The authorities had learned that Bosworth and Edingbourgh were planning to deliver a "sizable quantity" of heroin to a customer in Bethel, Milligan said.

Police set up surveillance and Oxford County deputies intercepted the pair as they drove west on Route 2 in Bethel, he said.

Bosworth, he said, was driving a 2003 Subaru Legacy station wagon, with Edingbourgh and their 7-month-old son as passengers.

Drug enforcement agents armed with a stop-and-search warrant found and seized 50 bags of heroin, Milligan said.

At their apartment, MDEA agents and Rumford and Mexico police used a battering ram to enter with a no-knock search warrant, fearing officer safety, he said.

They found and seized 340 bags of heroin, a small quantity of packaged marijuana, $500 in suspected drug proceeds and other related evidence, he said.

Milligan said the couple's child was taken into protective custody and through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services' Child Protection Service, was placed in emergency care with relatives.

On Monday, a search warrant was served at the home of Daniel Wayne Richard, 26, in the second-floor apartment at 156 Essex Ave. in Rumford, Milligan said.

Police seized 80 bags of heroin, two bags of marijuana, digital drug scales and other related evidence, he said.

"When Rumford police and the MDEA heard there was heroin in the River Valley area, we made a commitment to bring resources into the region and focus intensely on that (heroin ring) to shut it down as quickly as possible," Milligan said.

Milligan said the heroin is coming into the River Valley from outside Maine, but he declined to indicate a location or to reveal more about the investigation.

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

Yes the comment was uncalled for, but...

When someone says these people made a poor decision, their missing the point. These people weren't arrested for being addicted to drugs. Their selling drugs. There's a big difference. Many drug dealers don't even use drugs, they just take advantage of other peoples addiction. It's strictly a money making endeavor. They have no concern for the damage they do to kids and families, the many burglaries committed to finance their trade. My opinion is these people need to be treated much harsher than addicts. They are fueling the existing and next generation of addicts. They are just part of a vicious circle.....

 's picture

Ignorance...

So instead of saying these people made poor decisions and should get help to get their lives on the right track, you think they deserve to DIE? Wow. Glad to think you're so perfect and have never made a poor decision. Theres a lot more to the story than meets the eye. It's sad that ignorant people make such harsh comments. I say, live and learn. Life is not easy and no one is perfect.

Amazed at the supply and demand wow!

very sad situation

Tom Rodrigue's picture

For Society

The best thing for society is to end their lives.

Johanna Fair's picture

I reported you

Ur comment was not called for. its called cyber bullying and un called for. U can do service for charities thats all good but when u tell someone who is a drug addict to go kill themselves all ur causes have gone down hill from there. It mean nothing. That is a human life. So your saying even a 15 year old child who is a drug dealer too should go kill themself too? Thats basically what your saying too. How would you feel if ur mother of your child was told to go kill themselves and they did because someone told them to because someone told them in a post? How would you feel? Really these people need help and I think they deserve a chance to have help and not be disgaurded as trash and i think you think they are trash. U know what I think you need some help yourself and should find someone u can talk to and find out why you feel the way you do. But when you make statements like this its called cyber bullying and there is alot of adults doing it these days and kids are doing it today and they are killing themselves because of it and adults are doing it themselves too online and i think ur a grown man and u should know that its wrong to not say things like that.

Logan White's picture

@tom rodrigue

you must be a real winner tom rodrigue and I hope someone comes along and ends yours life.

Tom Rodrigue's picture

Nice

Way to support drug dealers. That's awesome. I try and support things like the Humane Society or maybe the March of Dimes, but you must have your reasons for supporting the trafficking of illegal narcotics, the violence that follows drug dealers, and the exposing of young children to such nonsense. If you get your wish and someone ends my life, well, the neglected/abused animals will lose my support, but on the bright side, the drug dealers will still have yours.

Andrew Jones's picture

Your hyperbole is showing.

Your hyperbole is showing.

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