June 18, 2018
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Harpswell man accused of giving heroin to woman who overdosed in parking lot

By Beth Brogan, Times Record

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 26-year-old Harpswell man was indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury for aggravated furnishing of heroin after police say he provided the drug to a 20-year-old woman who overdosed in the Tontine Mall parking lot in May.

Jotham Johnson, 26, of 182 Doughty Point Road, Harpswell, was indicted on a Class B charge of aggravated furnishing of scheduled drugs and Class C charges of possession of scheduled drugs and criminal forfeiture.

Brunswick police responded at about 8 p.m. May 16 to the Tontine Mall parking lot for a report of a possible overdose, Brunswick Police Detective Rich Cutliffe said at the time. Officers discovered a 20-year-old Topsham woman unconscious and not breathing in a vehicle.

Brunswick Police Officer Julia Gillespie maintained the woman’s airway until Brunswick firefighters responded and revived the woman in an ambulance while en route to a local hospital, where she was treated and released, Detective Sgt. Martin Rinaldi said Wednesday.

Lisbon Police Officer Jason St. Pierre and his tracking dog found heroin at the scene, Rinaldi said Wednesday.

Cutliffe said at the time that 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 and 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.

Tests on the woman proved inconclusive, Rinaldi said, and no charges were filed.

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