Fryeburg police make second arrest in drug case

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FRYEBURG — Police have made a second felony drug arrest in an ongoing investigation into a case that left one man in critical condition earlier this week.

Police on Friday arrested Chad Burns, 41, of Biddeford who was in possession of 13 grams of heroin, Police Chief Joshua Potvin in a statement released Saturday. 

Burns was being held at the Oxford County Jail on $860 cash bail and is scheduled to appear in Oxford County Superior Court on Nov. 4.

On Thursday night, a 25-year-old Scarborough man was found unconscious in a convenience store parking lot on Main Street. The unnamed man was in critical condition in a New Hampshire hospital Friday. No new information was available Saturday on his condition.

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Potvin said earlier the man apparently overdosed on methamphetamine and was taken to Memorial Hospital in nearby North Conway, N.H.

Officers seized 1.6 grams of bath salts at the scene and charged a passenger in the vehicle, Elizabeth Nappi, 25, of Biddeford, with drug possession, he said.

In a statement released Friday, Potvin said Officer Dale Strout responded to a call at 9:15 p.m. Thursday at the Mobil-On-The-Run at 496 Main St. and saw the man lying on the ground near the gas pumps. The officer administered medical care until rescue and additional officers arrived.

Potvin said a store clerk called police for help.

“It’s always a tough situation and a drain on our resources when we respond to these types of calls,” Potvin said. “I credit the officer’s prompt response and medical cross-training for perhaps saving the life of a 25-year-old addict. It was a job well-done by all of the public safety responders.

“I hope this serves as a lesson to those who use illegal drugs,” the chief said. “Fryeburg officers have resources available to the public to assist those with drug addiction. At 25 years old, this person still has a lot of life to enjoy. Although we will be holding those accountable, I’m pleased that we were able to assist Fryeburg Rescue with this intervention and allow him a second chance at life.”

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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