Rockland woman gets seven months for heroin dealing

Posted April 30, 2014, at 9:52 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 22-year-old Rockland woman has been sentenced to seven months in jail after admitting to participating in a heroin deal.

Cheyenne Cesarini-Yelverton pleaded guilty Tuesday in Knox County Superior Court to one count of trafficking in heroin. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm sentenced her to four years in prison with all but seven months suspended. She also was placed on probation for two years and ordered to repay the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency $550.

Cesarini-Yelverton has been held at the Knox County Jail since her arrest on March 27 for violating bail when she was at a Camden residence during a drug bust by MDEA. She tested positive for cocaine and opiates when taken to the jail.

Assistant Attorney General Katie Sibley had asked that Cesarini-Yelverton serve 10 months. The prosecutor said that the defendant in November twice rode in a car with an informant cooperating with MDEA. Both times Cesarini-Yelverton went into a home in the Rockport area, came out with five bags of heroin and was paid $150 in cash by the informant, Sibley said.

Part of the plea agreement called for dismissing one trafficking charge in exchange for the plea to the second count.

On the day of her arrest in March, Cesarini-Yelverton had come from Portland, where she had appeared in court to agree to a deferred disposition on another drug charge.

Defense attorney Jeremy Pratt said his client committed the offense simply to feed her own drug habit. He said she was on the lowest rung of the drug-dealing ladder. He requested that Cesarini-Yelverton serve only 70 days to allow her to move to Florida with her grandmother and start a new life.

 

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