Chelmsford father, daughter charged with selling heroin

A Chelmsford father and daughter have been charged with selling heroin out of their home, officials said.

William McInnis, 44, and his daughter Kailene, 21, were allegedly selling heroin at the Chelmsford Commons trailer park on Littleton Road, which police searched Friday morning. The search uncovered heroin, more than $8,000 in cash and money orders, and evidence of drug distribution, including log sheets, call lists, and scales, according to John Guilfoil, a spokesman for Chelmsford police.

The father-daughter duo were charged with possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws, Guilfoil said in a statement. A third person who also lived in the home, Patricia Barbarossa, is being charged with being knowingly present where heroin is kept and will be summonsed to court at a later date.


“Today, we saw the result of hard work and good policing by Chelmsford detectives, which shut down a family business of dealing heroin,” Police Chief James Murphy said in the statement. “Heroin is one of the worst evils in modern society, and we will continue to pursue these cases in an aggressive manner.”

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A special team was used to search the home, according to Guilfoil, because an investigation led police to believe there may have been firearms and a “potentially vicious dog” present.

Police will attempt to seize a 2000 Chevrolet Impala that was also used to sell the drugs, the statement said.

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