Hancock Man Charged with Cocaine Trafficking



ELLSWORTH — A monthlong criminal investigation by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) agents has resulted in the arrests of two men for cocaine trafficking in Washington County, including one Hancock resident.

Keith Small, 39, of Hancock and Harold “Sonny” Tenney, 51, of Harrington are both facing charges of trafficking in cocaine following their arrests June 8, Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said.

In early May, MDEA agents opened an investigation into complaints that Tenney was selling cocaine, McCausland said.

As part of that investigation, agents were able to purchase an eighth of an ounce of cocaine from Tenney on May 23. During the drug transaction, Tenney was followed as he traveled to his supplier, who was identified as Small. Small has a home in Hancock and was staying in a camper on the Hatchery Road in Deblois, McCausland said.

On June 7, MDEA agents, assisted by a state trooper, were able to buy cocaine from Tenney and once again followed him to Small’s camper to get the cocaine, the spokesman said.

Early Wednesday morning, several MDEA agents and a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy served a search warrant at Small’s camper, seizing cocaine, heroin, scales and money that had been used to purchase the cocaine from Tenney, McCausland said.

Small was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail, where he was booked on the charges of trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine.

Small posted $5,000 bail later in the day and was released with an initial court appearance scheduled in Machias on July 25.

Later in the day on June 8, Tenney was arrested and taken to the Washington County jail, charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine and violation of conditions of release. He had been on bail for an assault charge. He will have to face a judge before bail is set.

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