GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man was jailed this week amid allegations he sold heroin to a confidential informant working for police, according to court documents.
Detectives say the arrest ends a four-month investigation of Dustin Atkins, 23, 332 Riley Ave., who now faces five drug-related felony charges.
He was arrested this week and appeared in Hancock Circuit Court to plead not guilty to the charges. A second hearing has been scheduled from May 3.
At the time of his arrest, he was serving a one-year probation sentence after pleading guilty to theft last month in an unrelated case accusing him of stealing a gas can from a customer at a service station, records state.
The new charges he faces are: Two counts of dealing a narcotic drug, a Level 5 felony; one count of corrupt business influence, a Level 5 felony; and two counts of possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 6 felony.
At press time, he was being held in the Hancock County Jail on a $5,000 bond.
Police began investigating Atkins in early July, court documents state. On two occasions, Atkins sold drugs to a Greenfield Police Department source, court records state.
Charging documents give few details about the incidents that led to Atkins’ arrest, but they state Atkins met with the police source on two days at a undisclosed, pre-determined location in Hancock County with the understanding the person he was meeting wanted to purchase heroin.
The source was given money by detectives to make the transaction for a rock-like substance, which tests later confirmed was heroin, court records state.
The purchases took place between July 1 and Nov. 30, charging documents state.
The Level 5 felonies Atkins faces carry a penalty of one to six years in jail, while the Level 6 carries a sentence of six months to 2.5 years. Both come with fines up to $10,000.