A Rockland student under the age of 18 is facing charges for allegedly selling drugs on the school grounds.

What Were the Details of the Arrest?

Rockland Police say the arrest was the result of a months-long investigation into the trafficking of illegal drugs to minors in their city. As a result of that investigation, a juvenile from Rockland has been arrested and charged with Aggravated Trafficking of Schedule Drugs (Class C). The charge was elevated to aggravated because of the age of the victims and the location where the drugs were allegedly sold.

Have Details Been Released About the Student or School in Question?

Because the person charged in this case is under 18-years-old, police have limited the information being released, including the suspect's name. In addition, officials have declined to give details about which school was involved in the investigation.

Why Was the Charge Elevated to Aggravated Trafficking?

In Maine, municipalities are allowed to designate certain areas of the community as 'drug-free zones.' These usually include schools, public parks, athletic fields, playgrounds, and other areas. Any sale of illegal drugs within 1,000 feet of one of these designated drug-free zones is subject to enhanced penalties, which carry heavier punishments.

Rockland Police hope to hear from anyone who thinks they may have information pertinent to this case. If you think you can help, you're asked to contact Sergeant Andrew Redden at 207-594-0316, extension 243.

Anyone with information about any illegal drug sales in their community is urged to contact the Maine Drug Enforcement office closest to them, or by texting MDEA to TIP411 (847411), or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 1-800-452-6457.

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