BENNINGTON >> Two Bennington men are accused of trafficking heroin into the area after police found 490 bags of heroin in a Mortimer Street apartment.
Deven Moffitt, 26, of Mortimer Street, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division to felony counts of trafficking heroin transported into the state, conspiracy to sell a regulated drug, attempted sale of more than one gram of heroin, possession of more than one gram of heroin, and a misdemeanor count of cocaine possession. He was held for lack of $25,000 bail.
On Monday, Moffitt's co-defendant, Ota Greven, 32, of Safford Street, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division to felony counts of trafficking heroin transported into the state, conspiracy to sell a regulated drug, attempted sale of heroin over one gram, and misdemeanor counts of cocaine possession, and narcotic possession. Bail in the amount of $25,000 was placed on him as well. According to Department of Corrections online records, he is not in custody. The court placed him under a 24-hour curfew at a Bennington residence.
Neither are allowed contact with each other or a third male found in Moffitt's apartment when police searched it.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police, in June they began speaking to a person they identified as "TOM" who said they heard Moffitt was selling heroin and thought they would be able to buy some from him. They were unable to do this, but did provide police with evidence that Moffitt had acquired large quantities of cash with no legitimate source of income.
Police spoke a second source who also said Moffitt had substantial sums of cash in his apartment and had given them heroin.
On July 15, police executed a search warrant at Moffitt's apartment on Mortimer Street. Inside they found him, Greven, and a third male, along with 490 bags of heroin. Police said were the heroin to have been sold, it would have garnered $9,800 at the current average price of $20 per bag. In a bedroom, police found 1.5 grams of cocaine, while outside the apartment , in a bag, police found Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction.
Greven allowed police to search his vehicle, where they found two Suboxone pills. Greven later told police that when they knocked on the door, the other male told Moffitt to flush the heroin down the toilet. Moffitt passed the heroin to the male who passed it to Greven who threw it in the toilet but was unsuccessful in flushing it.
Greven said he had picked up the heroin and brought it to the apartment for Moffitt. Greven said he met Moffitt's supplier in Wilmington, then went to somewhere near Colrain, Mass. He was paid by Moffitt to do this.
— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115