SKOWHEGAN — An 18-year-old North Anson man was arrested Monday night and accused of supplying LSD to a 14-year-old Carrabec High School student.
The underage girl allegedly shared the drug Saturday with a 15-year-old girlfriend. When the two had severe reactions, they were taken by their parents to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan.
“This particularly bothers us because the girls were so young and the sale and purchase were apparently made at the local high school,” said Detective Sgt. Carl Gottardi III of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.
Gottardi arrested Joshua Trenholm about 7 p.m. Monday and charged him with aggravated trafficking in a Schedule W drug, a Class A crime. He is being held at Somerset County Jail, unable to make bail. His bail was set at $10,000 cash or $50,000 single surety.
The charges were upgraded to the aggravated level, said Gottardi, because the LSD allegedly was sold to a minor and the sale was completed on school property.
According to Gottardi, the two girls ingested the drug, then became frightened by their reactions. Their parents noticed their inappropriate behavior and took the girls to the hospital.
“Reactions to LSD are individualized,” said Gottardi, “and can include high anxiety, a wide range of emotions, loss of feeling to certain parts of the body and hyperactivity. The girls were kept for observation, and when the drug’s reaction subsided, they were sent home.
“We are getting more and more young kids trying LSD,” Gottardi said.
“It’s pretty cheap, and they are curious,” he said. “Each dose can run from $4 to $6. They also like that it can be concealed so easily.”
Gottardi said Trenholm’s locker at Carrabec High School was searched Monday, and no other drugs were found. A police dog was used to search all other lockers at the school, and such searches are likely to be a routine event at the school, said the detective.
In addition, he said, charges are likely to be filed in juvenile court against the 14-year-old girl for supplying the drug to the 15-year-old. “We are interviewing other people, and the investigation is continuing to focus on where [Trenholm] got the drug,” said Gottardi.
Gottardi said he is being assisted on the case by Somerset County Deputies Steve McDaniel, Wayne Kline and Carrie LeBlanc.