Hope man pleads not guilty to selling heroin
Rockland — A 23-year-old Hope man pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of selling heroin April 30 after he and his brother were arrested last month for selling the drug within 1,000 feet of the Hope Elementary School.
An investigation of John Stanton and his older sibling, 27-year-old Richard Stanton, into their suspected selling and using heroin, resulted in the pair's arrest March 13 at their home on Buzzell Hill Road, said James Pease of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Both men are charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin. Bail has been set at $10,000 cash and $25,000 cash respectively.
John Stanton has been released from jail, while Richard Stanton remains in custody and will appear in court in July.
The charges are elevated to aggravated counts because the residence is within 1,000 feet of Hope Elementary School.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Knox County Sheriff's Office and the Maine Warden's Service executed a search warrant and confiscated 20 grams of heroin worth more than $12,000 on the street, and $2,500 in cash, said Pease. During the investigation, agents learned the source of the heroin was from southern New England.
Richard Stanton is also on federal probation for counterfeiting U.S. currency. During the investigation agents found that the heroin was being brought to Knox County from Massachusetts, said a press release from Pease.
The Attorney General's Office will handle the case.
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