Four caught in Keene drug sweep
December 15. 2017 9:18PM
KEENE — An intense investigation into a crack cocaine ring operating in a neighborhood west of downtown Keene led to the arrest of three linked to the scheme and a fourth charged with felony possession at the scene, Keene police officials announced.
Undercover police officers had made purchases of crack cocaine over the past several weeks from an operation staged at 169 Gilsum Street.
Surveillance information and evidence of drug purchases brought to Cheshire County Superior Court resulted in a search warrant being issued for the residence Friday where these arrests were made.
Jonathan S. Chirichiello, 40, 169 Gilsum St., was charged with one felony count sale of a controlled drug. He was held in lieu of bail at the Cheshire County House of Corrections and will be arraigned in the Cheshire County Superior Court at a later date.
A second offender living at the residence, Andrew T. Maguire, 34, was charged with the same, one felony count.
He too remains in jail without bail and his arraignment has not been scheduled.
The third person arrested in connection with this ring was DeIvonte Nichols, 24, of Grand Street in Springfield, Mass. Nichols was charged with one felony count of conspiracy to sell controlled drugs and likewise is in jail pending his arraignment.
The fourth offender, Cheryl Champney, 54, with no known address, was taken into custody at the scene because there was an outstanding Dec. 4 warrant issued for her arrest on the charge of willful concealment.
A police search of Champney uncovered what authorities believed to be crack cocaine and she was charged with felony possession of controlled drugs.
Champney at a later date will be arraigned at both the 8th Circuit Court Keene District Division and Cheshire County Superior Court.
All these arrests were the result of Granite Shield, the federally-funded program that supports enhanced criminal patrol in events regarding the suspected sale of controlled drugs.
Anyone who has further information is encouraged to call the Keene Police Department at 357-9820 and to ask to speak to Detective Jen Truman.