Heroin bust in Pittsfield gets three locals arrested

Posted July 22, 2009, at 9:24 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department arrested three local residents after a drug raid last week at a Greeley Street residence.

During the raid, which occurred on July 13 at the home of 20-year-old Chelsea Condon, members of the Sheriff’s Department warrant team seized prepackaged heroin with an estimated street value of more than $1,800 as well as drug paraphernalia, including hypodermic needles.

The bulk of the heroin was found on William Kenniston, 25, according to Lt. Carl Gottardi, who said the raid and arrests were the result of an investigation into the sale and use of heroin in the Somerset County area.

Arrested were:

• Kenniston, who was charged with aggravated trafficking in a Schedule W drug, a Class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

According to Gottardi, Kenniston’s charge was elevated to aggravated status because of the amount of heroin in his possession and because of a 2005 felony-related conviction from Penobscot County.

As of Wednesday, Kenniston remained behind bars at Somerset County Jail, unable to make bail set at $100,000 cash, a jail official confirmed.

• Condon, who was charged with possession of a Schedule W drug, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. She since has been released on $10,000 cash bail.

• Aaron Huffer, 24, who also was charged with possession of a Scheduled W drug. He also was released on $10,000 cash bail.

Participating in the raid were Gottardi, Sgt. Thomas Rourke, Sgt. Michael Knight, Detective Mathew Cunningham, Deputy Ritchie Putnam, Deputy Eugene Cole and Deputy Michael Ross. Pittsfield Police Chief Steve Emery assisted at the search warrant location.

dgagnon@bangordailynews.net

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