Ridgefield Teen Charged In Undercover Heroin, Gun Swap

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John McCarthy (left) and Timothy McLean of Ridgefield are both charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
John McCarthy (left) and Timothy McLean of Ridgefield are both charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Photo Credit: Westchester County Department of Public Safety
This is the loaded .32-caliber Beretta the two men wanted to trade for drugs, Westchester County police said.
This is the loaded .32-caliber Beretta the two men wanted to trade for drugs, Westchester County police said. Photo Credit: Westchester County Department of Public Safety

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- A pair of Connecticut men, including a teenager from Ridgefield, are accused of trying to trade an illegal handgun for $500 worth of heroin to undercover officers in Bedford, N.Y., police said.

Westchester County, N.Y., police said they learned that John McCarthy, 26, of Sherman, and Timothy McLean, 19, of Ridgefield, wanted to buy 50 envelopes of heroin in exchange for a .32-caliber handgun.

Officers arranged a meeting Wednesday with the two suspects in a parking area on Route 172 near Interstate 684 in Bedford, police said. McLean and McCarthy arrived at about 9:45 a.m. and were arrested when officers saw the two were in possession of a loaded .32-caliber Beretta and two envelopes of heroin, according to a police report.

McCarthy and McLean were each charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

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

The two men were arraigned in Bedford Town Court on Wednesday night. Bail was set at $25,000 for McLean and $10,000 for McCarthy.

McLean, of Ridgecrest Road, was among a group of 15 Ridgefield high school students who were arrested June 6, 2012, charged with looting the home of a family away on vacation on April 5, 2012, the NewsTimes.com said.

At the time, McLean was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree larceny.

His online record at the Connecticut Judicial Branch website says he has a court appearance March 7. The case, which matches the date of his arrest in the looting incident, says it is awaiting disposition for accelerated rehabilitation, a form of probation. 

The "substituted charges" listed are third-degree burglary, a felony, and conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, a felony. He is listed as pleading not guilty to both of those charges. 

According to the state website, AR is a program that gives persons charged with a crime or motor vehicle violation for the first time a second chance. The person is placed on probation for up to two years. If probation is completed satisfactorily, the charges are dismissed.

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