SKOWHEGAN — A local man is facing charges of aggravated drug trafficking and unlawful possession of drugs after police found more than 400 bags of heroin hidden in his apartment.

Darreyl A. Wright, 36, of 34 Mechanic St., entered no plea to the charges against him in an initial court appearance Wednesday in Somerset County District Court. He is being held at the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond, according to court records.

Police executed a drug search warrant at Wright’s apartment Tuesday morning based on information claiming he was selling heroin in and around Somerset County, according to an affidavit filed by Sgt. Michael Knight, of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

In an interview, Wright confessed to police that he buys heroin in Portland and sells it for $10 a bag, according to the affidavit. He said he uses the money from the drug sales to fund his own heroin addiction and that he uses 20 to 40 bags of heroin a day.

During a search of Wright’s apartment, police found 440 bags of heroin in a black drawstring bag in the master bedroom. Used syringes as well as syringes loaded with heroin were found around the apartment, in which two children also are living, according to the affidavit. The heroin and other drugs found in the apartment have a street value of about $9,000, according to a news release from Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster, of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department. He said that although Wright told police he sells the bags of heroin, which each weigh about one-10th of a gram, for $10, police estimate that they normally would sell for more than that.

Heroin also was found hidden in a ceiling light in the living room and on a shelf in the kitchen, according to the affidavit.

The drug trafficking charge is elevated because of the amount of heroin police found and statements that Wright made to police. He also was charged with violating conditions of release because he was out on bail from a Franklin County charge unrelated to drugs, according to the news release.

Wright is scheduled to appear in court next on Jan.28.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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