Police report confiscating 950 bags of heroin from Warren home

Posted Aug. 04, 2011, at 8:25 p.m.
Tonja Hallett
Photo courtesy of Knox County Jail
Tonja Hallett
Shawn Leclerc
Photo courtesy of Knox County Jail
Shawn Leclerc

WARREN, Maine — Police found more than 950 bags of heroin in a home here on Wednesday in one of the largest drug busts ever in Knox County, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

The three people allegedly involved each were arrested on charges of illegal importation of scheduled drugs and aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs.

Police reportedly found $19,000 worth of heroin that was bagged and ready for sale when they searched the Warren home of Shawn Leclerc, 26, and his girlfriend Tonja Hallett, 25. Police also allegedly confiscated scales, needles and drug packaging materials from the home.

Angel Jones, 25, of Rockland also was arrested. According to a press release from Maine State Police, Jones had driven Hallett and Leclerc to Maine from Rhode Island, where they apparently bought the drugs.

MDEA agents, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Rockland Police Department and Maine State Police all were involved in the investigation.

“Leclerc has been suspected of selling hundreds of bags of heroin from his home over the past four to six months,” according to a press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Police received a search warrant last Wednesday, shortly before they seized the drugs from the home and arrested Hallett, Leclerc and Jones.

The trio was brought to Knox County Jail. By Thursday afternoon, Hallett and Jones paid $500 and were free on bail. Leclerc remained jailed unable to come up with his $500 bail.

All three are expected to be in court on Friday.

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