Harpswell man charged after Bath woman nearly dies from heroin overdose, police say

Posted May 24, 2012, at 8:20 a.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 26-year-old Harpswell man faces a charge of felony aggravated furnishing of heroin following a May 16 incident in which a Bath woman overdosed on the drug, according to police.

Jothan Johnson, 26, of 182 Doughty Point Road, Harpswell, was charged with aggravated furnishing of a scheduled drug and possession of a scheduled drug, Brunswick Police Detective Rich Cutliffe said Tuesday.

Brunswick police responded at approximately 8 p.m. May 16 to the Tontine Mall parking lot for a report of a possible overdose. Officers discovered a woman unconscious and not breathing in a vehicle.

Brunswick firefighters revived the woman in an ambulance while en route to Parkview Adventist Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

According to Cutliffe, Johnson and the woman met “for the purpose of using heroin,” which Johnson allegedly supplied.

“While Johnson was preparing to use heroin, the woman began using, which led her to get sick, pass out and turn blue,” Cutliffe said.

Police seized a syringe “fully loaded” with a liquid that allegedly tested positive for heroin, he said. They also seized $678 in cash, as well as drug paraphernalia, including a spoon and hypodermic needle covers.

Johnson was charged with aggravated furnishing of a scheduled drug because the alleged incident occurred within 1,000 feet of two drugfree safe zones, the Union Street School and the Brunswick Mall.

He posted $500 bail at the Brunswick police station. Information on a court date was not immediately available.

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