BRISTOL - A city man facing a number of drug charges has pleaded not guilty to selling crack cocaine.
Wayne Zipke, 45, of 41 Summer St., has been offered a plea deal by state prosecutors. He will have until his next court date, on Feb. 1, to accept the deal, otherwise it will no longer be available.
The plea deal calls for Zipke, who is being held on $250,000, to serve two and a half years in prison and two and a half years on special parole.
Zipkeis facing four counts of sale of narcotics, three counts of distribution of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a prohibited place and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
According to the police report, officers on Sept. 9, at about 7:30 p.m., received the report of a suspicious person in a vehicle on Surrey Drive. Police then found Zipke sleeping behind the wheel of a Cadillac DeVille.
Officers, the report said, recognized Zipke from a narcotics-related investigation. Police reported seeing crack cocaine as he got out of the vehicle. When police asked him if was using or selling, Zipke admitted that he was “running,” the report said. A runner is a common term for someone selling drugs on behalf of another dealer.
Police said they found a gram of crack cocaine in the car and $254. Additionally, Zipke was charged in connection with three warrants in an investigation in which he allegedly sold drugs multiple times while police were watching him. Those warrants have been sealed by a judge.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.