NORWICH – One of two Norwich residents targeted in a recent drug raid appeared in City Court Tuesday to challenge the assertion that he committed any serious crime, asking the judge to throw out the top felony charges against him.
Following months of investigation by the Norwich City Police and New York State Troopers, police arrested 39-year-old David A. Cahill and his 21-year-old live-in girlfriend, Rachael A. Cummings, on charges of trafficking heroin at their residence at 4 Lee Ave.
Police forced their way into the home at 7:50 a.m. on Sept. 30, just moments after Cahill’s three children, ages 5, 7 and 9, boarded the bus for school.
Police seized nine individually-wrapped packages of heroin stamped with the words “Game Over” on them, each worth approximately $20 a piece on the street.
Cahill and Cummings had identical charges filed against them, the top count being third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony which prosecutors said carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison.
The couple was also charged with first degree criminal nuisance, a class E felony, and second degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.