ATTLEBORO — A 30-year-old man faces drug peddling and child endangerment charges in Attleboro District Court for allegedly keeping suspected heroin in a room with a child’s crib.
Eric A. Ripley, a homeless man who was staying with his girlfriend at an apartment of a friend at Hebron Village Apartments, allegedly admitted to using heroin but denied selling it, a prosecutor said Friday.
The woman renting the apartment, mother to a 1-year-old girl, will be summonsed to court at a later date on drug charges, according to police.
Ripley was arrested around 12:15 p.m. Thursday, after police were tipped off that he and his girlfriend were staying at the apartment.
Officers allegedly found almost 6 1/2 grams of suspected heroin with an estimated street value of up to $600, hypodermic needles and alleged drug-selling paraphernalia.
Assistant District Attorney Mary Elizabeth Mack said police also found a Rhode Island welfare benefits card belonging to another man and said police believe the cards are commonly traded for drugs.
Ripley’s lawyer, Paul Carlucci of Franklin, said his client denies the suspected heroin belonged to him and said other drug users were inside the apartment.
Ripley was ordered held in jail on $5,000 cash bail after pleading innocent to possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, unlawful possession of a prescription pill, reckless endangerment of a child and possession of heroin.
Police will seek similar charges against his girlfriend, who was taken into custody on a civil order to have her committed to a substance abuse treatment center.
Ripley is due back in court on June 23.