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Milton Mills man gets year for carfentanil possession

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DOVER - A Milton Mills man was sentenced to 12 months in Strafford County Jail on Friday for possession of carfentanil.

Joshua Day, 26, of 174 Ford Farm Road, will also be on probation for 13 months. The sentence was part of a plea deal worked out between state prosecutors and defense counsel.

Day was arrested by Rochester Police on March 26 and charged with possession of less than one ounce of both carfentanil and cocaine.

According to Rochester Police and the Attorney General's Office, Day's possession was discovered by members of the Rochester Police Department when officers were called to a gas station for a report of possible drug use.

Once there, officers had contact with Day who had the carfentanil and cocaine on his person.

He was indicted on two counts of drug possession in June.

Carfentanil, a highly powerful opiate used to tranquilize large mammals like elephants and rhinos, has been known to sicken victims just by touching it. It is 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which has been blamed in an increase of overdose deaths throughout the northern Seacoast and southwest York County.

Because of the deadly nature of the drug the Attorney General's Office has been actively investigating and prosecuting carfentanil cases statewide since the spring.

Day could have faced up to of 7½-15 years in state prison and a $50,000 fine due to a separate conviction earlier this year on previous drug charges, but likely got off easier because safety officials never suspected him of trafficking the drugs he was found with.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Danielle E. Horgan, who said on Friday she was satisfied with the outcome.

"We think it was a fair resolution to the case," Horgan said.

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