BARRE — A Washington man is accused of trafficking heroin and having a large amount of crack cocaine.
Jeffrey A. Morse, 32, pleaded not guilty Friday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to felony counts of heroin trafficking, heroin possession and cocaine possession. If convicted, Morse faces a maximum sentence of 55 years in prison. He was ordered held at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury on $10,000 bail.
Cpl. Randall Tucker, of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit a disoriented male was reported at the Cumberland Farms on South Main Street Tuesday. Tucker said the male was barefoot and wandering around the store and the caller reported he had fallen on the floor and was convulsing.
Tucker said he arrived on scene and found the male, later identified as Morse, rolling around on the floor and hitting his head against a shelf. He said Morse refused to answer questions even though he appeared to be in discomfort.
An ambulance arrived on scene and Tucker said Morse yelled at emergency responders, telling them to get away from him. Tucker said Morse was handcuffed and taken into custody after threatening to assault police. He said Morse had to be strapped down to a stretcher because he kept yelling and fighting to get off the stretcher.
While on the way to Central Vermont Medical Center, Tucker said a paramedic pulled out several plastic baggies from Morse’s pants while adjusting the restraints. Tucker said one of the baggies contained a white ball of what appeared to be crack cocaine and another bag appeared to contain heroin. The white ball field tested positive for cocaine, according to court records, and the heroin was in baggies marked “EXIT 4,” which police said has been found on baggies in the past in the Barre area that contained heroin.
Tucker said the crack cocaine weighed 15.49 grams and the heroin weighed 3.85 grams.