Warren man gets four years for heroin trafficking

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted April 27, 2012, at 4:50 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 27-year-old Warren man was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for what police said was one of Knox County’s largest drug busts.

Shawn Leclerc was sentenced in Knox County Superior Court by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm. Leclerc also was fined $400.

Police reported finding more than 950 bags of heroin in August 2011 at the Warren home shared by Leclerc and his girlfriend 25-year-old Tonja Hallett. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency stated at that time that it was one of the largest drug busts ever in Knox County.

The MDEA estimated the street value of the heroin, which was found packaged for sale, at $19,000. Officers also found and confiscated scales, needles and packaging materials from the home.

Leclerc, Hallett and Angel Jones, 25, of Rockland each were arrested for aggravated trafficking in heroin and illegal importation of heroin.

The importation charge against Leclerc was dismissed.

According to state police at the time of the arrests, Jones had driven Leclerc and Hallett to Maine from Rhode Island where they had bought the drugs. Police said Leclerc had been suspected of selling hundreds of bags from his home during the four to six months before his arrest.

Rockland police and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office also participated in the investigation.

Papers filed in court by Leclerc to be considered for a court-appointed attorney after his arrest stated that he had been unemployed since February 2011 and that his unemployment was nearly exhausted.

Hallett listed in her paperwork that she had been unemployed for two years and her only source of income was $163 a month in food stamps.

The three were released on bail. But Leclerc was rearrested March 16 after breaking a table owned by Hallett.

The cases against Hallett and Jones are pending in Knox County Superior Court.

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