Wednesday, April 16, 2014
NORRIDGEWOCK — Police arrested three men Thursday evening after searching a home where they found more than 20 pounds of marijuana, along with cocaine, hashish and several types of prescription pills.
George P. Chesley
At around 11 p.m., the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department executed a drug search warrant at 611 Skowhegan Road, where they found the marijuana, 41 marijuana plants, six grams of cocaine, 75 Oxycontin 80 mg. pills, 18 hydrocodone pills, two Vicodin pills, hashish, equipment for cultivating marijuana, drug related documentation, about $2,500 in cash and drug-related paraphernalia, according to a press release from Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster.
The home was occupied by George P. Chesley, 44, who was charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs on two counts, aggravated cultivating of marijuana, aggravated trafficking of schedule Z drugs on two counts and violating conditions of release. He is being held at the Somerset County Jail on $10,000 cash bail, according to Lancaster.
Also arrested were Kyle I. Finley, 27, of Litchfield, and Gary Newell, 34, of Canaan.
Finley was charged with unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs on two counts and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. He is being held at the Somerset County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Newell was charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and is being held on $1,000 cash bail at the jail.
Also at the scene Thursday night was a 17-year-old female who was released to the custody of a parent, said Lancaster. He said he was unsure whether she would be charged with anything.
Chesley’s charges were elevated to aggravated because of prior felony drug convictions over the past several years, said Lancaster. He was out on bail for a drug trafficking conviction in Kennebec County, he said.
Lancaster said the department is continuing to investigate the case along with the district attorney’s office and more charges are expected.
“This was a substantial case. We were successful in arresting a drug dealer in our community and preventing excess amounts of marijuana and other drugs from hitting the streets,” said Lancaster in an interview.
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Kyle I. Finley