Latest Granite Shield Drug Bust: Four Arrested in Keene
Photo - Top left: Jonathan Chirichiello; Top right: Andrew Maguire; Bottom left: Delvonte Nichols; Bottom right: Cheryl Champney.
KEENE — A Granite Shield’s latest drug bust led to the arrest of four people in Keene Friday for the sale of crack cocaine, police said.
Keene Police said they executed a search warrant at 169 Gilsum Street Friday morning. The search warrant was issued after undercover officers purchased what was believed to be crack cocaine and other drug deals at the residence were caught on surveillance footage, authorities said.
One of the residents of the Gilsum Street residence, Jonathan Chirichiello, 40, was arrested and charged with one felony count of sale of a controlled drug. He is being held at the Cheshire County Jail and will be arraigned before the Cheshire Superior Court at a later date.
Another resident of the Keene home, Andrew Maguire, 34, was arrested and charged with one felony count of sale of a controlled drug. He is also being held at the Cheshire County Jail and will be arraigned before the Cheshire Superior Court.
Delvonte Nichols, 24, of Springfield, Mass., was arrested in the Keene residence and charged with one felony count of conspiracy to sell controlled drugs. He is being housed at the Cheshire County Jail and will be arraigned before the Cheshire Superior Court.
54-year-old Cheryl Champney, was arrested, but police said she is not directly involved with this drug investigation, but was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. Police said Champney, address unknown, was taken into custody as a result of a warrant issued for her arrest on Dec. 4th for the crime of Willful Concealment.
Police said they allegedly found crack cocaine when they search Champney. She was charged with possession of controlled drugs, a felony offense. Champney is being held at the Cheshire County Jail and will be arraigned before both the 8th Circuit Court and the Cheshire Superior Court.
These arrests and the investigation were conducted as a criminal patrol of the sale of controlled drugs. These efforts are the result of a federally funded program, Granite Shield.
This case remains under investigation. Anyone who has further information is encouraged to call the Keene Police Department at 603-357-9820, ask to speak to Det. Jen Truman. Information can be provided anonymously via email on their website, which can be found here.