Two Accused of Trying to Swap Loaded Handgun for Heroin

Two Connecticut men are accused of trying to swap a loaded, illegal handgun for heroin, Westchester County Police said Feb. 27. (Photo provided)
Two Connecticut men are accused of trying to swap a loaded, illegal handgun for heroin, Westchester County Police said Feb. 27. (Photo provided)
Two Connecticut residents are facing misdemeanor and felony charges after they tried to trade an illegal—and loaded—handgun for about $500 worth of heroin, according to officials.

Cops arrested John McCarthy, 26, of Sherman, CT and Timothy McLean, 19, of Ridgefield, CT, Wednesday on felony charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and misdemeanor charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Earlier this week, authorities said in a statement, members of the Westchester County Police Patrol Task Force learned that a Connecticut man was looking to trade a .32-caliber handgun for 50 envelopes of heroin. That amount carries a street value of about $500, officials said.

"Officers arranged to swap the drugs for the handgun at a parking area on Route 172 near Interstate 684 in the town of Bedford," police said. "The two men arrived at the scene about 9:45 a.m. and were taken into custody after being found in possession of a loaded .32-caliber Beretta and two envelopes of heroin."

Police also charged McCarthy with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and McLean with possession of a hypodermic instrument, a misdemeanor.

The defendants were arraigned and sent to Westchester County Jail on bail: $25,000 for McLean and $10,000 for McCarthy.

Editor's note: An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
patina3 February 28, 2014 at 09:23 AM
I don't understand how the drug that can save a person who overdoses on heron will be a cure for the heron problem. Clearly people are coming from Ct to purchase heroin in our neighborhood. How many are carrying loaded guns? The drug HEROIN needs an undercover police task force to get to the root of the problem. The cure for an over dose is a different issue and should be on hand with all medical staffs and police officers.
Reid Poosikian March 06, 2014 at 02:53 PM
@patina3 the drug (naloxone or something) that is used to save a person ODing isnt meant to be a means to an end of the heroin epidemic. Its a life saving tool for people who have made the choice to use, whether idiotic or not. Someone ODing will have bodily functions and respiratory failure VERY quickly. therefore, if the people with the life saver drug are the users, they will have it on hand and can use it in that short time span the abuser has left, cuz an OD on heroin will kill swiftly. If the law enforcers have it, you run the risk of them not arriving on time, or having the person who should call the authorities being to scared to get in trouble, resulting in an unnecessary death. Bottom line is, people will use and abuse drugs, and they should also be the ones able to save themselves and others, since it is their decision to use, and safer to have on hand than have to wait for an ambulance.


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