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Boyfriend of Farmington double-murder victim arrested on drug charges in Va.

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent

June 13. 2017 4:11PM
Dean Smoronk posted this photo of him and the late Christine Sullivan on his Facebook page March 4. The Farmington man has been charged with drug manufacturing and distribution after being busted by Virginia State Police over the weekend. (Facebook)

FARMINGTON – A boyfriend of one of the women brutally murdered in Farmington last January is being held without bail in Virginia charged with manufacturing and distributing drugs.

Dean Smoronk, 55, of Farmington, was taken into custody by Virginia State Police over the weekend and charged with manufacturing and selling steroids; possession of needles, capsules and a pipe; four counts of possession of controlled substances and obstructing justice.

According to Sgt. Steve Vick, a public information officer for Virginia State Police, troopers stopped a 2016 Ford Transit Van that was speeding in a work zone on the southbound side of Interstate 95 just before 5 a.m. Sunday. Vick said the female driver, Dusty Cousens, 40, of Berwick, Maine, was the original driver, and switched seats with Smoronk as they were coming to a stop on the right shoulder because she did not have a valid license.

Vick said that during their investigation, a consent search was conducted and numerous illegal narcotics and paraphernalia were located in the vehicle and on Nicholas Batista, 20, of Rochester.

“Narcotics included heroin, MDMA (ecstasy), crystal methamphetamine, two forms of anabolic steroids, needles, glass meth pipes, packaging materials and digital scales,” Vick said via email Tuesday afternoon.

Smoronk has been charged with four felonies and four misdemeanors related to the incident. Cousens was charged with one felony and five misdemeanors, including drug possession, identity theft and providing fake information to law enforcement. Batista was charged with one felony and two misdemeanors for possessing drugs and paraphernalia, as well as obstructing justice.

Vick said all three are being held without bail at Pamunkey Regional Jail. A fourth female passenger was not charged.

Records from Hanover General District Court in Hanover, Va., show that Smoronk’s Monday arraignment was continued. His next hearing date is scheduled for Sept. 14.

Smoronk was the person who discovered his girlfriend Christine Sullivan, 48, and Jenna Pellegrini, 32, stabbed and beaten in his Meaderboro Road home in Farmington on Jan. 29 on his return from checking on rental property in

Cape Coral, Fla. Investigators claim the two women were killed by Timothy Verrill, of Dover, on Jan. 27.

Verrill was friends with Smoronk and Sullivan before the murders, even travelling to Florida with them. He is being held at Strafford County House of Corrections and is awaiting grand jury proceedings on second-degree murder charges.

Assistant Attorney General Geoffrey Ward said Tuesday that the investigation into the murders of Sullivan and Pellegrini is ongoing, and did not want to make an official comment on how Smoronk’s arrest might impact their case.

“We would have no comment on what effect, if any, that would have on our prosecution,” Ward said.

Smoronk is scheduled to go on trial in South Carolina later this year for separate drug charges. In 2014, he and Sullivan were arrested in Sumter County and charged with trafficking methamphetamines, possession of drugs and possession of bomb-making material.

During the highway traffic stop that led to the 2014 arrests, an open bottle of Crown Royal was found under the driver’s seat and $12,529 in cash was located in luggage and Sullivan’s purse, according to news reports from the time.

Locally, Smoronk was arrested in 2012, after he shot through a window of a home in Rochester, narrowly missing his victim.



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