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A man Falmouth police describe as the manager of at least three "sober houses" faces multiple charges as cops allege he was dealing OxyContin and other drugs to the very addicts the homes are intended to help.
Stephen Lennon, 49, of Falmouth was arraigned on charges of drug trafficking and possession and released Monday on $5,000 bail, authorities said. He is also scheduled for trial in Brockton on separate charges of allegedly having 25 pounds of pot in a school zone, law enforcement officials said.
Lennon's attorney, Kevin Reddington, denied his client's ties to sober houses operated by his wife, Sharon Lennon.
"She is a very dedicated, wonderful human being who does a lot of good work and there is absolutely no connection at all involving Stephen and her business," Reddington said, calling the allegations "absolutely beyond the pale."
Sharon Lennon did not return a call placed to her home.
Cops received a tip that Stephen Lennon was selling heroin, cocaine, OxyContin and marijuana to addicts, including residents of the sober houses, prompting a four-month probe by the Falmouth Drug Task Force, Cape Cod Task Force and Barnstable Sheriff's Department.
Cops set up a sting with an informant who allegedly purchased OxyContin from Stephen Lennon at his Sandwich Road home, which cops then raided, seizing 200 OxyContin pills worth about $8,000, police said.
Falmouth police Detective Robert Murray, head of the narcotics unit, said Stephen Lennon manages King Street Sober House and other sober houses owned by his wife.
"Technically, his wife owns the sober houses. He's the one who collects the rent," Murray said of Stephen Lennon. "He's very hands-on there."
Police also seized Lennon's car - complete with a license plate that reads "NOTGLT."
Lennon has 56 adult arraignments on his record and a lengthy rap sheet of narcotics convictions.
Murray called Lennon "a high-level dealer."
A Herald investigation last year detailed concerns about code violations and overdoses at Safe Haven Sober Houses in Roxbury. Months later, the state Department of Public Health began posting on the Web complaints that it receives about Massachusetts sober houses.
Yesterday, DPH spokesman Tom Lyons said the state still does not regulate such houses.
"There have been complaints about such houses throughout the commonwealth, which is why we set up the registry," Lyons said.
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