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Mar 17, 2016 1:12 PM

Milford drug bust leads to discovery of enough fentanyl for 75 users

MILFORD - Four people arrested on Wednesday appeared in court Thursday morning after police found a potent drug at their apartment.

"Fifteen grams is about 75 customers at a one-time hit," said Captain Craig Frye of the Milford Police department as he described what was taken from the raid at 19 Union Street.

“You know I’m in my apartment at lunch eating lunch, and umm there’s like 20 cops outside and my bird is yelling 'help, help, help,'” said Toby Perkins who witnessed the entire raid.

Neighbors say they had no idea four of their neighbors were running their very own fentanyl operation right next door.

“You kind of wonder what’s going on over there. not that you spy on your neighbors, but you get to know who you see all the time and when you’re seeing different faces all the time it does it raises eyebrows,” said Perkins.

“She is contributing to this problem that we have here in Milford,” said Karinne Brobst, Milford police prosecutor.

The four appeared in court Thursday for their arraignments. The first was Alberto Escarza who will be held on $100,000 cash only bail.

“What the hell am I supposed to say to that?,” said Escarza when the judge asked if he had any comments about bail.

Police said Escarza has a 46-page criminal history from Florida.

Then his alleged significant other Melissa Babian appeared before the judge.

“I do not use heroin,” Babian told the court. “I do not sell heroin. I, I had nothing to do with any of that.”

Babian claims she was asleep at the time of the bust, yet police said they entered the apartment and found her sitting next to the fentanyl and a scale. She’ll be held on $50,000 bail, cash only.

“Is it possible to get out? I’d like to go into some sort of rehab or something like an OPP (Out Patient Program),” said Theresa Lindley in response to her bail.

Lindley is known to the task force that arrested her Wednesday. She’s been arrested by them before and has drug possession charges dating back to the 90s.

“She was allowing Mrs. Babian and Mr. Alberto to live at her residence. She’s indicated she was aware that he was selling heroin out of the residence,” said Brobst, of Joy Schofield, whose apartment the arrests were made in.

Schofield was also arrested and charged with selling heroin within 1,000 feet of a secondary school. All four are expected back in court on March 30 for probable cause hearings.

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