Police: Suspect tried to text his way out of trouble
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | October 17,2013
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At left, Daniel Roberts, 23, a Dartmouth student from Nashville, was in court in White River Junction Tuesday to answer drug charges. At right, Ebaa Abdelfadeel, 23, a Dartmouth student from Michigan, leaves court in White River Junction Tuesday after answering to drug charges.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — As investigators prepared to conduct a drug search last month, police said, a suspect was frantically sending texts asking someone to destroy the evidence.
“We need you so badly!” one of the texts began, “I will personally give you at least 1000 in cash ... can you sneak over there and there are two giant tubs in my room with mushrooms in them. Can you destroy (them) entirely???? Pleasssse (our) lives depend on this ... I will give you sooo much money.”
Hartford Police said this message was one of many sent by George Hill, 30, as the Sept. 2 raid was unfolding at 610 Sykes Ave. in White River Junction.
Tuesday, Hill and his co-defendants, Ebba Abdelfadeel, Daniel Roberts, and Monte Reed, all of whom are 23, pleaded innocent to a slate of drug-related charges at White River Junction criminal court.
Police said Reed, who lives in Philadelphia and made frequent trips to the house that was raided, may have been a drug courier for the others, who were students at Dartmouth College.
Police, who received a tip from a neighbor, said the raid turned up cocaine, marijuana, pills and many pieces of drug paraphernalia.
Hill, who prosecutors said had a history of drug-related arrests, was charged with misdemeanor possession of LSD along with a felony count of possession of hallucinogens for the mushrooms.
He was also charged with felony obstruction of justice for allegedly sending texts imploring his neighbor to enter the house ahead of police and remove evidence.
Abdelfadeel pleaded innocent to felony charges of possession of cocaine and possession of a hallucinogen.
Roberts pleaded innocent to the same charges, although in his case the cocaine was charged as a misdemeanor.
Hartford Police Officer Mark McComas wrote in an affidavit that a neighbor brought police a baggie of white powder residue from the apartment at 610 Sykes Ave.
When it tested positive for cocaine, the officer said, he went to question occupants of that apartment. When his cruiser pulled up, he said, Reed ran into the building carrying a black bag.
McComas said a 22-year-old female tenant of the apartment did not deny his accusation that “a lot of weed was being smoked at the residence.” Prosecutors said Tuesday that while the female had been a suspect, she was not charged because it was difficult to link any of the items found in the residence directly to her.
McComas said that after police ordered all of the residents out of the house and requested a search warrant, Hill sat nearby texting to a neighbor on his cellphone.
“They have no idea you exist ... you can get through the basement,” Hill texted, according to police. “I’m sure Ebaa will give you a grand too. I will give you sooo much (expletive) money if you can save us.”
Police said another text read: “You have my word you will get no less than 3000 for this. My word … 2 from me and 1 from Ebaa ... at least. She has a safe in her room. Just flush everything in there ...”
Police said they seized $3,220 in cash from the apartment, much of it in a roll inside a wicker basket Hill allegedly mentioned in a text message.