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Burlington police arrested the 36-year-old Martin Tuesday afternoon, a day after officers arrested another man suspected of selling cocaine to an informant.
Martin is something of a “legend” at the University of Vermont, according to Becky Hayes, an editor of the student-run Vermont Cynic. Hayes wrote about Martin in September after campus police arrested him on suspicion of disorderly conduct.
“Basically, everyone knows who he is because he’s always walking down the street yelling new rap songs,” Hayes said. “Or being really loud at 3 a.m.”
He can be intimidating, she said, “but those who talk to him know him as a nice guy.”
Martin pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington to three felony counts of cocaine sale, one felony count of cocaine possession and one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession.
Judge Kevin Griffin ordered him held for lack of $5,000 bail. Martin remained incarcerated as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Martin sold crack cocaine to an undercover informant three times this month, according to an affidavit written by Burlington Police Detective Cpl. Daniel Gilligan. Gilligan wrote that he and many other officers knew Martin as “Cornbread,” though Hayes said Martin changed his alias from “Kornbread” to “Kingbread” late last year.
Police arrested Martin at about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday on College Street and later searched his apartment on South Prospect Street.
Back at the station, Martin told Gilligan he sold drugs to support his cocaine habit and, when asked how many drugs he sold, said he did not remember selling drugs, according to the affidavit.
“I also asked Martin to identify his customers and his sources,” Gilligan wrote. “He refused and told me that he could not do that.”
Burlington police arrested Martin a day after arresting Leander Perry, 36, of Essex, saying he, too, sold cocaine to an informant. Perry pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three felony counts of cocaine sale, a felony count of cocaine possession and misdemeanor counts of attempting to elude police and resisting arrest.
Since the start of the year, the agency has arrested 22 people on suspicion of committing crimes involving either the possession or sale of cocaine or heroin, according to Deputy Police Chief Andi Higbee.Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling said earlier this month that the force was cracking down on illegal drug activity to thwart drug traffickers and curb an “epidemic” of heroin use in the city.