ROCKLAND – Early Wednesday morning police arrested a local man near an Ocean Street playground with 3 ounces of cocaine in his possession.
When police were attempting to arrest Paul Milardo, 33, of Rockland for disorderly conduct, he allegedly resisted and fought with an officer.
He was charged with aggravated trafficking in cocaine in a drug-free zone, a Class A felony offense; importation of scheduled drugs, a Class C felony; and violation of probation.
Officer Matthew Lindahl had initially responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Laurel Street, when he found Milardo “acting very aggressive,” according to a police department press release from Detective Sgt. James Pease. Milardo “appeared to be under the influence of a drug,” according to Pease’s statement. Officer William Smith also assisted with the arrest.
Because the Ocean Street playground is within 1,000 feet of where Milardo was arrested, the drug charge is more serious, Chief Deputy Wallace Tower said, noting the value of the cocaine is estimated at $6,000.
Milardo is being held at Knox County Jail on $10,000 cash bail, according to a jail officer. He is expected to appear in 6th District Court on the charges today.