Brattleboro man accused of selling drugs, arrested


BRATTLEBORO — A Brattleboro man is in federal custody after being accused of selling crack cocaine and fentanyl.

According to documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, Curtis J. Bunkley, 31, sold drugs to confidential informants on at least two occasions, and was later arrested after a traffic stop when a state trooper found heroin in Bunkley's pocket.

The informants bought cocaine and heroin from Bunkley on April 3, 2018, and Jan. 14 of this year, according to an affidavit filed by Colin Simons, a special agent with the FBI. The investigation was conducted with assistance from the Vermont State Police.

One of the confidential informants told detectives of at least 10 purchases of cocaine base from Bunkley, referring to him by his nickname, "Punisher."

Both informants, according to Simons, faced charges in Vermont. One was a former crack user, cooperating in consideration of a pending traffic ticket, and the other was a former drug dealer and user, cooperating in consideration of pending criminal charges.

On April 11, a detective with the Vermont State Police was conducting surveillance of Bunkley's home at 134 Morningside Commons when Bunkley left and drove away in his vehicle. Trooper Zachary VanValkenburgh said he pulled over Bunkley after observing him speeding, and during the stop Buckley was ordered out of his vehicle. During a search, VanValkenburgh discovered 300 bags of suspected heroin in Bunkley's pants pocket.

Bunkley was taken into custody and brought to the Westminster Barracks where he waived his Miranda rights and agreed to answer questions.

"Bunkley made general admissions to having distributed heroin in the Brattleboro area, mentioning specific customers by name; admitted to having a safe in his residence ... admitted to having traveled to the area of Turners Falls, Massachusetts earlier on April 11, 2018 for a haircut; and admitted to having between approximately 14 and 28 grams of marijuana at his residence, as well as steroids," Simons wrote. "Based on my training and experience, I know that ... Greenfield, Massachusetts is a 'source city' for narcotics, in that drug distributors and drug addicts frequently travel [there] for the purpose of purchasing heroin and cocaine base, which they bring back to Vermont for distribution and use."

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