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Tenants Harbor man sentenced to four years for heroin dealing

Apr 24, 2021

Rockland — A 57-year-old Tenants man was sentenced April 23 to four years in prison for dealing heroin.

Andrew H. Black was sentenced in the Knox County court and given the sentence for aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs Nov. 6, 2019 in St. George. He was also fined $500.

The sentences were concurrent to a charge of illegal possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. A charge of illegal importation of drugs was dismissed.

He was arrested in November 2019.

Black was 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 back in 2019.

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

Police observed someone who went 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 was 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.

The following other cases were also completed in the Knox County court for the week from April 16 through April 23.

Thomas W. Hackett, 30, of Perkiomenville, Penn. was sentenced April 21 to 30 days in jail for criminal mischief and theft from Feb. 22, 2020 in Owls Head. A burglary charge was dismissed.

Hackett was the subject of a land, sea and air search back in February 2020 when footprints were seen leading from the house to the water. He pleaded guilty in April 2020 through a deferred disposition. He has already served this time prior to that plea and thus will spend no more time in jail.

Jonathan R. Dodge, 37, Appleton, probation violation on a prior operating under the influence case, no sentence imposed.

Kevin S. Defoe, 31, Camden, operating after registration suspended, $150 fine; operating while license suspended or revoked, dismissed.

Glenn M. Lewis, 65, Waldoboro, attaching false plates, dismissed; refusing to sign summons, dismissed; operating while license suspended, dismissed; attaching false plates, dismissed; violating condition of release, dismissed.

Charles W. Merrill, 45, Kansas City, Mo., aggravated criminal mischief on July 21, 2020 in St. George, dismissed; criminal mischief on same date and place, $2,000 restitution; criminal mischief and driving to endanger on Sept. 11, 2020 in St. George, dismissed; violating condition of release, $250 fine, $500 restitution.

David Reckards, 26, Rockland, OUI with one prior, 364 days in jail with all but 10 days suspended, one year probation, three-year license suspension, $700 fine.

Brendan D. Boutin, 19, Rockland, operating vehicle without license, dismissed.

Samantha Philbrook, 38, Matinicus, OUI, 48 hours jail, 150-day license suspension, $500 fine.

Jadon M. Jackomino, 18, OUI, dismissed; operating vehicle without license or beyond restrictions, $100 fine.

Richard Fetteroli, 49, Cushing, lobster fishing without a license on Feb. 14, 2021 in Port Clyde, $500 fine.

David J. Neubig, 56, Friendship, violation of protected resources on Feb. 14, 2021 in Friendship, $250 fine.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | Apr 24, 2021 16:04

Well another stellar round of dismissals and suspensions by the Knox DA.  I cannot believe that folks are not upset over cases such as these are being dismissed or sentences suspended?

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