Man faces drug trafficking charge after search of Manchester home

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BENNINGTON — A 28-year-old man faces a felony drug trafficking charge after police conducted a search of his Manchester home this week.

Police say they arrested Ryan C. Jenks on Tuesday at his home in the Manchester Mobile Home Park, where they recovered 158 bags of heroin, cash and a firearm.

Jenks pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Wednesday to single felony counts of heroin trafficking, possessing two grams or more of heroin, and possessing a weapon to commit a crime. Jenks was ordered held at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland for lack of $75,000 bail set by Judge William D. Cohen.

Troopers and detectives with the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit and Southern Vermont Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Jenks' Horace Road residence at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to an affidavit by State Police Det. Lucas J. Hall.

Jenks was found in the home's rear bedroom, where he was allegedly throwing heroin and cash out of a window. He was taken into custody and processed at the Shaftsbury barracks.

According to the affidavit, Jenks was found with a .380 caliber pistol in a concealed carry waistband holder, with one round in the chamber and seven rounds in the magazine. Police seized 158 bags of heroin, $2,200 in cash, a Suboxone strip and a cell phone from the home.

The total weight of the heroin was 4.01 grams, according to an affidavit from the Vermont Forensic Laboratory.

State investigators procured a search warrant following an investigation at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility, Det. Sgt. Todd L. Wilkins said on Wednesday. Wilkins said the investigation is ongoing.

Jenks, whose address is listed as in Bondville in court documents, has prior misdemeanor convictions in Vermont, the most recent being in December. He was on probation at the time of his arrest.

Jenks will return to court on May 17.

Cherise Madigan contributed to this story.

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

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