UPDATED: Manchester police recover $11,000 in drugs while investigating domestic assault
MANCHESTER — A city man arrested after police responded to a domestic assault call from a woman in a Union Street apartment faces the likelihood of felony drug charges after police returned to the apartment with a search warrant and found what they said was heroin valued at more than $11,000.
Jeffrey Hayes, 34, of 841 Union St., was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on charges including felony assault and criminal threatening. The felonies allege he punched the woman on the left side of her face and while holding a kitchen knife, threatened to kill her.
Police Sgt. Brian O’Keefe said when police entered the residence Friday, they noticed the apartment doors were heavily fortified and saw several drug items in plain view.
After Hayes was arrested, members of the department’s Special Enforcement Division were able to obtain a search warrant for the apartment. They reported finding 119 grams of heroin in street packaging known as “fingers.” There were 11 1/2 “fingers” of heroin, four tablets of the prescription drug Clonazepam, two digital scales and additional packaging material. O’Keefe said the estimated street value of a “finger” of heroin is between $800 and $1,000.
O’Keefe said warrants have not yet been obtained on drug charges, but said it is likely they will be before Hayes’ probable cause hearing date March 24.
Hayes is also charged with misdemeanors of simple assault, for allegedly punching the woman in the head and slamming a freezer door against her head, criminal mischief for throwing a glass on the kitchen floor, causing it to shatter, and endangering the welfare of a child, for kicking the woman and causing her to fall onto the bed on top of a year-old child.
A probable cause hearing on the felonies was set for March 24; trial on the misdemeanors was set for April 10. Police prosecutors sought $20,000 cash/surety bail.
Hayes told Judge William Lyons Monday that his sister, who was in the gallery, had spoken with the alleged victim.
“She will not be pursuing these charges,” said Hayes, adding that the woman made them up.
Lyons responded that it is the state that brings the charges, not the victim.
He set bail at $15,000 cash/surety, but there is a 72-hour probation/parole hold on Hayes.