BARRE – A Barre Town man is accused of making crack cocaine in his home.
Brian M. McGrath, 29, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor count of dispensing a regulated drug from a dwelling.
If convicted, McGrath faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison. He was released on conditions.
Trooper Giancarlo Di Genova, of the Vermont State Police, said in his affidavit in September a source told him people from out of state had been coming to a Don Camp Road residence in Barre Town to cook crack cocaine in the home’s kitchen. Di Genova said he and two other troopers went to the residence and heard loud music coming from the back. He went to the back of the home, he said, and knocked on the door where he was met by McGrath.
Di Genova said when McGrath answered the door he could see a spoon and a jar on the table that contained a white, dry residue. He asked McGrath whether he knew what the substance was and McGrath hesitated, according to court records, said he didn’t know what it was and then said he may know what it was.
Di Genova said he told McGrath he could get a search warrant for the home based on the white substance he saw and asked McGrath for consent to search the home, which McGrath gave. Inside, Di Genova said he found several wax baggies typically used for holding heroin. He said he also found a glass container with a pink liquid and a white substance at the bottom.
Di Genova said the container smelled like cocaine, based on his experience.
He said there were other people at the residence at the time and one of them, Tiffany Fisk, 30, said she would “take the fall” for the cocaine. Fisk pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony count of cocaine possession. She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Di Genova said he later field tested the substance in the container and it tested positive for cocaine.