2015-01-09 / Front Page

Kennebunk man charged in heroin overdoses

Christopher RobartChristopher RobartKENNEBUNK — A man arrested in December for trafficking in heroin has been charged again, this time for his part in two overdoses suffered by users of the drug.

On Dec. 17, Kennebunk police arrested Christopher Robart, 21, a resident of York Street in Kennebunk, after interrupting him in the act of selling heroin on Brown Street.

The sting was the result of a joint investigation between the Kennebunk Police Department and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. In a subsequent search of Robart’s home, officers found an additional $3,000 worth of heroin and related drug paraphernalia. Robart was taken to York County Jail at that time and charged with aggravated drug trafficking, a Class A felony, and violation of probation. He was held on $25,000 cash bail, with a Feb. 10 first appearance scheduled in York County Superior Court.

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Daniel Jones, Deputy Chief of the Kennebunk Police Department issued a press release in which he said Robart, still in jail, had been charged with additional crimes.

“Since then [Dec. 17], MDEA has continued their investigation into Robart, identifying him as the source of heroin that resulted in three separate drug overdoses – two in Kennebunk [and] one in Lyman,” he wrote.

According to Jones, all three overdose victims were saved by use of the drug Narcan, a heroin overdose antidote, by emergency responders. Still, all three were hospitalized, he wrote.

On Jan. 13, MDEA arrested Robart in jail and charged him with two additional counts of aggravated trafficking in heroin stemming from the overdose incidents. Bail on the new charges was set at an additional $50,000 cash. Robart remains in custody at the York County Jail. 

 

Compiled by Staff Writer Duke Harrington.

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