RIPTON — The Vermont Drug Task Force, a unit of the Vermont State Police, arrested Maleek Drummond, 31, of Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 14 in Ripton and charged him with trafficking heroin and possession of marijuana.
Members of the task force, other troopers and deputies from the Rutland County Sheriff's Department searched a Ripton home last Thursday, following an investigation into heroin trafficking. Drummond was the only person in the house.
Detectives observed 15 heroin bags in plain view, according to a VSP press release, and after a search located an additional 150 bags of heroin stuffed inside a baby sock. On Drummond they found more than $1,600 in cash and a small amount of marijuana, police said. According to the attorney general’s office, police found, in total, 5.26 grams of heroin and 4 grams of marijuana.
Drummond was arraigned in Rutland County Court on June 15 and lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Center with bail set at $100,000.
The Vermont Attorney General’s Office, which will try the case, said Drummond faces up to 30 and a half years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,500 if found guilty of all charges.
In other recent action, Vermont State Police:
• On June 12 assisted in locating a senior citizen missing from his home in Starksboro. The man was found unharmed two miles from his residence.
• Responded to a motor vehicle collision on June 12 on Route 22A in Orwell. No injuries were reported.
• Responded to a motor vehicle crash on June 12 on Doolittle Road in Shoreham. Contact was made to the vehicle’s front bumper but no injuries were sustained.
• Responded to a motor vehicle collision on June 12 on Quiet Valley Road in Shoreham. One passenger and one driver were transported by both to Porter Hospital, both sustaining minor injuries.
• On June 13 began investigating the theft of a kayak from the Hancock/Rochester area. Police described the kayak as tan in color, has one seat, and made by FeatherLite. The brand label is written in black and white print. There are also additional marks in black magic marker that say “This side down” and a big smiley face with the words “Little Froggy.” Anyone with information regarding this kayak is encouraged to contact the state police at 802-234-9933.
• Cited Travis Manning, 32, of Salisbury, for driving with a suspended license on West Salisbury Road on June 14. After Manning was pulled over for speeding police discovered his license was suspended criminally.
• Responded to a report of burglary of a private residence in the Lake Street neighborhood in Panton on June 14. The caller said that the rear window had been broken into for entry into the home. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Senior Trooper Andrew Leise at 1-802-388-4919. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to keyword: VTIPS.
• Responded to a motor vehicle incident at Kampersville softball field in Salisbury on June 17. A woman reported that during a softball game her 2012 red VW Jetta was hit, possibly by a white van parked beside her car. Police are still investigating this report. Anyone with information may contact Trooper Leise or submit anonymous tips online at www.vtips.info.
• Responded to a noise complaint in Lazy Brook Trailer Park in Starksboro late on June 17. Investigation led to the arrest of Louella Clark, 66, of Starksboro, whom troopers cited for disorderly conduct and domestic assault. Hinesburg and Bristol police assisted at the scene.
• Investigated the theft of copper wire from Fairpoint Communication building on Smead Road in Salisbury between June 15 and June 18. Police are still investigating the report and asked for tips at 388-4919 or online at 222.vtips.info or text “CRIMES” to keyword:VTIPS.
• On June 18 at 4 p.m. received a report of the theft of a battery charger from a work shop in the Lake Street neighborhood in Addison. The theft occurred sometime within the last two to three weeks. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact VSP.