Rumford makes first arrest in drug-free zone


RUMFORD-The Rumford police have made their first arrest since posting drug-free zones at various areas around the town where children are likely to congregate.

Mike Gray, 20, of Rumford, was arrested on May 16 on a charge of aggravated furnishing of a Schedule W drug. In this case, it was morphine. The alleged incident took place on Falmouth Street, which is within 1,000 feet of Hosmer Field and Three Fields.

Because of the new state law that enhances the penalties for drug sales near, among other places, schools, libraries and parks, Gray’s faces a Class B felony charge, rather than a Class C.

For Class C crimes, jail time can be as much as five years and fines as high as $5,000. For Class B crimes, those figures more than double to 10 years in jail and a fine as high at $20,000.

Gray was also charged with Class C theft of drugs and Class D possession of a scheduled drug. He was transported to Oxford County jail.