Thomaston woman pleads guilty to trafficking heroin

By Juliette Laaka | Apr 29, 2014
Photo by: Knox County Jail Cheyenne Cesarini-Yelverton.

Rockland — A 22-year-old Thomaston woman pleaded guilty April 29 to trafficking heroin and was sentenced to serve seven months in jail.

Cheyenne Cesarini-Yelverton was charged again in March when the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Maine State Police and Camden Police raided 30-year-old Joseph Zak's home in Camden. Zak is accused of selling drugs from his home, said police.

When police searched Zak's home, Cesarini-Yelverton was arrested at the residence for violation of bail. Cesarini-Yelverton was on bail out of Rockland for trafficking heroin from a previous arrest by MDEA. She was also on bail out of Cumberland County for possession of heroin, according to police.

Cesarini-Yelverton was originally charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, but one count was dismissed.

She is ordered to serve four years in prison with all but seven months suspended and will also be subject to two years of probation. As the sentence is less than nine months, Cesarini-Yelverton will serve the sentence at the Knox County Jail.

Zak was charged with aggravated trafficking of heroin and is accused of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of the Children's House Montessori School, said a criminal complaint filed against him.

Also arrested in March was Kevin Defeo, 25, of Camden. Defeo is charged with  possession of oxycodone. Defeo was parked on Union Street conducting a transaction with Zak. At the time of Defeo’s arrest, a 4-year-old child was in the back seat of the car. The child was turned over to the mother.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at

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