PARIS – A Rumford man indicted after a cocaine bust last fall, was sentenced to two concurrent 18-month prison terms in Oxford County Superior Court on Monday.

James Lewis Towers, 41, of 224 Maple St. pleaded guilty before Justice Thomas E. Delahanty II to an amended count of aggravated drug trafficking. Originally indicted on two counts of Class A drug trafficking, Towers pleaded to a charge that was reduced to a Class B felony. The other charge was dropped due to the plea.

A Class A felony carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years, while a Class B felony carries a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Towers was also ordered to serve 45 days of a suspended 30-month sentence he had received when he pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct stemming from a 2002 incident involving a 15-year-old girl. At that time, living in Oakland, Towers was placed on probation for 4 years and was required to register as a sex offender.

According to his court file, there were five motions asking for Towers’ probation to be revoked. The last motion charged that Towers had not refrained from new criminal activity, referring to the trafficking indictment, and that he had used cocaine.

He was arrested last fall after local, state and federal law enforcement agents cracked a cocaine operation in Rumford following months of investigation. Edward and Mark Towers, James’ brothers, were also arrested.


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