DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Dover-Foxcroft man who displayed a “Parents that host the most lose the most” sign in his kitchen window was arrested Friday for providing a place for minors to consume alcohol and drugs, police said Monday.
Graham Long, 42, was arrested Friday night after Dover-Foxcroft police executed a search warrant at his 956 West Main St. home. He was charged with aggravated furnishing of schedule Z drugs (marijuana), unlawful furnishing of schedule Z drugs, providing a place for minors to consume alcohol and furnishing alcohol to minors.
The sign found in Long’s window was in reference to the Drug Free Action Alliance’s campaign to urge parents not to encourage or allow teenage drinking. Law enforcement agencies throughout the county have posted the signs along Piscataquis County roadsides.
Lt. Scott Arno of the Dover-Foxcroft Police Department Police said Long provided a place for children as young as 14 years of age to drink alcohol and take drugs.
Long made his initial court appearance on the charge Monday afternoon in Dover-Foxcroft District Court. He was unable to post the $200 cash bail set Friday and has been held at the Piscataquis County Jail.
On Monday, Judge Kevin Stitham bumped Long’s bail up to $1,000 cash on the recommendation of Piscataquis County Assistant District Attorney Maggie Gray. The higher bail was appropriate, said Gray, who noted Long’s prior criminal history, including convictions for assault, theft and carrying a concealed weapon.
Long attempted Monday to persuade Stitham to reduce the bail. He said he was not a flight risk and that he would not have any kids over to his home. Long’s attorney, Christopher Smith of Dover-Foxcroft, also recommended that his bail be reduced. Smith said Long is unemployed and his only income is occasional trust funds.
Arno said police had received several tips that Long had been providing alcohol and drugs to minors. Based on the numerous complaints the department had received, the ensuing investigation and surveillance the department had conducted, Arno said a search warrant was executed at the home at 8:20 p.m. Friday.
There police found eight young people from Sebec, Charleston and Dover-Foxcroft, most of whom were minors, and all but one was drinking alcohol allegedly provided by Long. A 17-year-old girl, who reportedly was ill, was treated at the scene by Mayo Regional Hospital emergency providers. Police believe the girl had consumed both alcohol and cough and cold medicine. She was later released to a parent.
The minors were charged with possession of alcohol, Arno said.
“There was information and evidence found during the search that teens [were] abusing cough and cold medicine because there were several empty boxes at the house,” Arno said Monday. The medical term for the medicine’s active ingredient is Dextromethorphan, and when taken in combination with alcohol or energy drinks, it can cause a person to become very high, he said.
Arno said parents should be aware that it is dangerous for children to abuse cough and cold suppressants. “There’s a significant health risk if they ingest these pills,” he said.
As part of the investigation, town officials were notified that the house is uninhabitable. Arno said the large home is in deplorable condition, both hazardous and filthy for humans.
The police department will be reimbursed for some of the costs of the investigation through the Maine Office of Substance Abuse as part of underage drinking enforcement efforts, Arno said.