A father and son were arrested at their homes in separate drug raids Thursday morning in the Franklin County town of Carthage.

Russell Smith, 51, of 40 Winter Hill Road, and his son Anthony Smith, 29, of 41 Tainter Corner Road, both are charged with unlawful trafficking in heroin, a class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, according to a news release from Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols.

Anthony Smith also was charged with misdemeanor possession of ketamine, a horse tranquilizer, and with falsifying physical evidence for allegedly swallowing some of the drugs found in his possession, Chief Deputy Steven Lowell said in a telephone interview.

After Anthony Smith was booked at the jail, he began showing signs of a possible drug overdose and was taken by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.

“He seems to be OK now,” Lowell said. “He’ll probably stay at the hospital overnight.”

Anthony Smith is on probation and will be held at the jail without bail once he is released from the hospital, Lowell said.

His father, Russell Smith, also is charged with possession of heroin, a class C felonyCarthage drug raids net father, son punishable by up to five years in prison.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, along with members of the Maine State Police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, executed two simultaneous search warrants in Carthage, one at each location. Lowell said a small amount of each drug was seized, along with drug paraphernalia and cash. The heroin had not yet been tested Thursday afternoon to determine the quantity of the drug seized by police.

Russell Smith remained Thursday afternoon at the Franklin County Detention Center. Bail papers had not yet been processed, according to a jail intake worker. He probably will appear in court on Friday, she said.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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