June 24, 2018
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Police arrest 5 in connection with Farmington drug overdose death

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

FARMINGTON, Maine — Five people are facing charges in connection with a drug overdose that left a Farmington woman dead in November, police said.

The following five people were arrested after an investigation tracing the supplying of drugs to the deceased woman, according to police: Terry Oliver, 53, of Wilton; Roy Gordon, 42, of Wilton; Seth Gordon, 23, of Wilton; Erick Barnes, 27, of Industry; and Scott Kidder, 32, of Wilton, Farmington police Chief Jack Beck said Friday.

Marilyn Rider, 52, died due to an overdose of the drug Morphine at her home on Nov. 11, Beck said.

Farmington police, Maine Drug Enforcement Agents and Maine State Police collaborated on the investigation, with Farmington police Sgt. Edward Hastings leading the way, according to Beck.

During the investigation, police were able to determine the sources of the drugs used in the case, according to Beck, and on Wednesday, a report was obtained from the state medical examiner determining Rider’s death was due to an overdose.

Warrants were issued for the five suspects upon completion of the investigation, the police chief said, and all five were taken into custody without incident.

Oliver is facing a charge of aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs which caused the death of another person and two counts of trafficking Schedule W drugs; Roy Gordon, the victim’s boyfriend, is also facing a charge of aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs which caused the death of another person, along with three counts of unlawful furnishing of Schedule W drugs and one count of falsifying physical evidence.

Seth Gordon was charged with unlawful furnishing of Schedule W drugs which caused the death of another person; Barnes with the same crime as Seth Gordon along with falsifying physical evidence, and Kidder with one count of furnishing Schedule W drugs.

Beck said no other arrests are expected in the case. All five suspects are being held at the Franklin County Jail.

Bail was set at $75,000 for Oliver and Roy Gordon, $50,000 for Seth Gordon and Barnes and $15,000 for Kidder.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that all five people charged are men. Terry Oliver is a woman.

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