Tenants Harbor man accused of dealing heroin, illegally possessing guns

By Stephen Betts | Nov 08, 2019

Rockland — A 56-year-old Tenants Harbor man is behind bars after being arrested Wednesday, accused of dealing heroin and possessing guns despite being a convicted felon.

Andrew H. Black was charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated importation of drugs, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Black has been on the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency radar since February 2017 for dealing heroin, according to an affidavit filed by the MDEA in the Knox County court.

In October 2019, MDEA received information that Black was making two to three trips a week out of state and renting vehicles.

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, police observed someone who had gone to Black's residence and then came out and sat in a vehicle and began "tweaking" which is when a person exhibits abnormal physical behavior. That person was stopped after he left the residence and the driver admitted he bought heroin from Black, according to the affidavit.

Police went to Black's home and took him into custody prior to a search of his home. He acknowledged he had been dealing but said he did it because he was unable to get prescription pain medication from any doctor for pain he suffered. He said he used some of the drugs and sold the remainder to no more than three people.

Black would not identify who his supplier was other than people in Massachusetts who were from the Dominican Republic.

During the search of his home, police found a loaded revolver and a rifle. Drug paraphernalia was also found at the house.

Black had a 2004 felony conviction for furnishing drugs.

He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance Friday afternoon in the Knox County court.

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