Police: 21-year-old sold drugs to minors

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BENNINGTON — A 21-year-old Manchester Center man was charged with two felonies after police said he has been selling marijuana to local minors.

Matthew C. Redmond was arrested Sunday after Manchester officers seized marijuana, cash and drug paraphernalia from his West Road residence, according to police.

Law enforcement agencies obtained "significant intelligence" that implicated Redmond in selling marijuana and other drugs, Manchester Officer James Gulley, Jr., a member of the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force, wrote in an affidavit.

Redmond pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Thursday to the sale of drugs to minors and marijuana possession—2 ounces or more, both felonies. He also pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor marijuana sale (two counts) and marijuana possession.

"Credible information has Redmond selling copious amounts of marijuana, pills (controlled substances), and heroin to numerous Burr and Burton Academy students and young adults within the Manchester area, as well as adults," Gulley wrote in an affidavit.

Judge David A. Howard, at Redmond's arraignment, reserved the right to find probable cause to felony charges that Redmond sold drugs to minors near school property.

Howard set bail at $5,000 and issued release conditions, among them, that Redmond stay under a 24-hour curfew and not have contact with anyone under the age of 18.

Redmond does not have a criminal history. He will return to court on Oct. 30.

Manchester officer Christopher Mason, in an affidavit, wrote the department had received complaints of traffic going in and out of Redmond's residence. Mason was on patrol Sept. 9 when he observed a suspected drug deal in front of Redmond's residence. He pulled the car over shortly after when he saw the driver twice cross the center line. He seized 2 grams of marijuana from the 16-year-old driver, who told police they bought it from Redmond.

Officers executed a search warrant Sunday morning. They seized 28.7 grams (just over an ounce) of suspected marijuana, as well as a scale, $864 cash and a ledger.

In an interview with police, Redmond allegedly said half of the people to whom he sold marijuana were students of Burr and Burton Academy, the independent school in Manchester Center, while the other half were adults, most of whom work in local restaurants. Redmond allegedly described purchasing about a quarter pound of marijuana from a Burlington man for $900 each week. Redmond allegedly told police he has used heroin and cocaine, but for private use only.

"Redmond admitted to being a significant drug dealer for approximately the past year, but was adamant that he only dealt marijuana," Gulley wrote.

Reach staff writer Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.

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