A 35-year-old felon, the target of a narcotics sting, was arrested early Wednesday after police found him in a filthy apartment with crack cocaine, watching pornography with his young child in the room, according to Middletown Police.
On Sept. 12 at 6 a.m., the police narcotics unit and SWAT team served a warrant on Jason Lee Manns Sr., 35, of 72 Grand Street. He was found in a bedroom with a woman and child watching pornography on the television, the report says. Inside another bedroom was a woman and a child with her adult son sleeping in the living room; in a third bedroom were three children sleeping — two were Manns' and his girlfriend, the other was the sleeping woman's child.
In Manns' bedroom, which was in "disarray," the report says, police found garbage, food and soiled diapers "scattered about the room" and in the dresser drawers and nightstand, along with dirt and dust throughout the room. On the floor near the bed, police found an open plastic bag with a small amount of cocaine inside, Manns' cell phone with text messages on it from people looking to buy crack, the report indicates. Inside the dresser drawer, police found cash inside men's clothing.
Officers found a plastic bag with white pills inside that Manns said was niacin, or vitamin B3; a similar bag of white tablets were found on a shelf in the living room; neither could be identified, police say.
The report says the apartment had "unsanitary conditions, dirty diapers, garbage, moldy food and bugs found throughout," as well as burnt and partially smoked cigarettes within reach of children.
In the basement, a search revealed torn plastic bags with cocaine residue.
The report says Manns told officers after being arrested in 2010 for drug possession, he stopped selling drugs for six months before starting again. He admitted, police say, that he sells a half-ounce of crack a day and more crack wasn't found because he ran out a few days before.
DCF opened an investigation, police say.
He was charged with non-student possessing drug paraphernalia and drugs near a school, possession of narcotics and five counts of risk of injury to a child.
He is a felon with arrests for possession and sale of narcotics, possession with intent to sell, failure to appear possessing drugs in a school zone, probation violation, breach of peace and criminal mischief, the report indicates.