A Rochester man who worked with police to buy heroin from a suspected drug dealer was himself arrested after allegedly trying to steal some of the drugs.
In early June, a neighbor told police there was a lot of short-term activity around the home of Richard Joseph Dennin Jr., 839 Seventh Ave. S.W. The neighbor said a minimum of five people a day would stop and leave after a few minutes.
A few days later, an officer searched the garbage at that address, allegedly finding several empty torn plastic bag corners, an empty pill bottle with Dennin's name, small square foils and cigarette wrappers, the complaint says; some of the material reportedly contained a small amount of a brown residue.
When officers executed a search warrant at the home, Dennin allegedly told them the cash in his home was from selling heroin. About 20 pieces of a substance believed to be heroin were also discovered inside the home. Each piece weighed approximately 0.12 gram and would sell for about $20, according to the complaint.
Dennin told officers he purchased the heroin from a man who lives at 104 Seventh St. N.W. and goes by the street name "E," the report says. Dennin allegedly told police he'd bought about $1,000 worth of the drug each time, and still owed "E" more than $1,300.
Dennin set up the buy with "E," who was recognized by narcotics investigators as Eric Darrell Smith, 47. On Friday, Dennin went to Smith's home, went inside and bought four bundles of heroin, or about 48 pieces, according to the complaint.
Dennin turned the four bundles over to officers, who believed he should have gotten more heroin for the amount of money he'd been given to make the buy. Officers searched him and allegedly found a bundle of heroin in his sock and another under his foot.
Dennin was arrested and has been charged in Olmsted County District Court with felony counts of third-degree drug sale; fifth-degree drug possession; and fifth-degree drug procure/possess/control by fraud or deceit.
His next court appearance has been set for June 24; he remains in custody in lieu of $5,000 conditional bond.
A search warrant executed at Smith's house recovered the buy money, foil packaging and a cigarette pack with approximately 31.2 grams of suspected heroin, the complaint says. He allegedly admitted the drugs were his.
Smith has been charged with one count of felony first-degree drug sale — 10 grams or more. He was released after posting $75,000 conditional bond; his next court appearance has been set for June 17.
June 11, 2013
Kay Fate | Post-Bulletin