September 20, 2020

Rockland pair charged with trafficking after return from Bay State

WARREN — Two Rockland residents were arrested here Thursday night as they returned home from a heroin buy in Massachusetts.

Rick Curtis, 37, and Julie Kenney, 32, both were charged with trafficking in heroin after police found in their car more than 150 small packets of heroin, with street values of between $10 and $30 each. Kenney also was charged with possession of a hypodermic needle.

The two were arrested on warrants obtained earlier in the day as the result of a joint investigation by the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Rockland police, stemming from an undercover heroin buy in March.

Curtis’ car was stopped as he and Kenney crossed the county line at about 8:20 p.m. by Knox County Sgt. Reggie Walker, Deputy Jason Pease and MDEA agent James Pease. Although the two first denied possessing any contraband, a search revealed the packets of heroin, about 20 empty packets and a hypodermic apparatus, which was found in Kenney’s sock.

According to an affidavit filed with the court by James Pease, Kenney said she and Curtis were returning from New Bedford, Mass., where Curtis had bought heroin from a man on the street with whom he had dealt several times in recent months. Curtis told police he makes the purchases, but both he and Kenney use the drug. Local police believe New Bedford is a major source of heroin coming into the midcoast region.

On March 18, Knox County Deputy Donna Dennison, Rockland Sgt. Bill Donnelly and agent Pease monitored a heroin buy an informant made from Curtis and Kenney. The informant called Kenney about buying heroin and the purchase was arranged within an hour. The informant bought five packets of heroin Kenney and Curtis described as “total devastation.”

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