Manchester woman pleads innocent on heroin charge

BENNINGTON -- A Manchester woman was held Friday for lack of $10,000 bail after pleading not guilty to drug charges.

Amber Blake, 29, denied misdemeanor counts of cocaine possession, heroin possession, and two counts of depressant/stimulant/narcotic possession. On a separate docket she pleaded not guilty to felony heroin possession and two misdemeanor counts of depressant/stimulant/narcotic possession.

According to an affidavit by Manchester Police Officer Abigail Zimmer, on Oct. 1 she responded to Depot Street where a suspicious vehicle had been parked in a lot for some time. There she found Blake, who appeared to be unconscious. On a seat next to her were syringes and in her lap area was a plastic bag.

Zimmer wrote that Blake was arrested and cocaine and heroin was found tucked in her clothing. Zimmer said the drugs were placed in a room in which Blake was secured nearby. According to Zimmer, Blake was able to get to the drugs and attempted to eat some while hiding the rest beneath her clothes.

According to another affidavit by Vermont State Police Trooper Lewis Hatch, on Oct. 18 he pulled Blake over for driving erratically. He wrote that she admitted to there being prescription medication in the vehicle and it was searched while Blake was arrested.

According to Hatch it was ultimately discovered that Blake was concealing 74 "bindles," or small packages of heroin.


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