Athens man arrested on drug charges allegedly kept dogs in ‘unsanitary conditions’

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 27, 2011, at 1:10 p.m.

ATHENS, Maine — An Athens man was arrested Friday morning after a search found morphine pills and marijuana plants at his residence, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department said.

Charles Avery, 58, was charged with trafficking in a Schedule W drug, a Class B offense; trafficking in a Schedule Z drug (Class C); possession of a Schedule Z drug (Class C); possession of a Schedule W drug (Class D) and cultivation of marijuana (Class D).

The sheriff’s department’s warrant team executed a drug search warrant on Avery’s Route 151 property and found “over 70 morphine pills and close to 30 marijuana plants up to 6-7 feet tall,” along with more marijuana in different drying stages, said Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi.

The drugs, marijuana and drug-related cultivation equipment and paraphernalia were seized. It was determined that the marijuana and pills were being sold to people in the area, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.

In addition to the drugs and plants, several beagles, including puppies, were taken from the residence.

“There were several dogs living in disgusting or unsanitary conditions,” said Gottardi.

The dogs are at the Somerset Animal Shelter in Skowhegan, where a worker said they are fine but needed to be treated for worms.

Gottardi said he doesn’t know if charges will be brought against Avery for the living conditions of the dogs.

Avery is out on bail and is due in Somerset County Superior Court on Dec. 7.

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