BF drug dog helps cops nab 1,000 bags of heroin

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BELLOWS FALLS — It's not everyday that the Bellows Falls Police Department finds 1,000 bags of suspected heroin.

"That's a notable amount of drugs," Bellows Falls Police Chief Ron Lake said.

On Sept. 8, at 11:35 p.m., police stopped a car on Westminster Street. In the driver's seat sat Joshua Williams, 23, from Bellows Falls.

The police seized the vehicle and requested a search warrant. On Monday, Sept. 11, police received the warrant and searched the car. They found approximately 1,000 glassine bags of suspected heroin and more than 1 ounce of suspected crack cocaine. The total street value of the drugs was estimated to be $15,000, according to a press release.

The police department's K9, Caesar, was critical to the success of the operation. Caesar smelled drugs in the car and signaled when he found the drugs.

"He's done a helluva job in his career," Lake said.

But Caesar wasn't the only star who shined during the bust; Lake said the police all did a wonderful job.

"I'm very impressed with my guys," Lake said. "These are some of the best men and women I've had the pleasure to work with."

Despite the drug seizure, Lake doubts that a significant dent in the Bellows Falls opiate crises has been made.

"We will continue what we can," Lake said. "It [the opiate crisis] is always going to be under investigation."

Williams was arrested at the Bellows Falls Police Department on Tuesday. He was ordered to be held on $5,000 cash or a surety bond with conditions, issued a citation to appear in court at a later date and transported to the Southern State Correctional Facility. The case is still under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact Officer 1st Class Mario Checchi at 802-463-1234 or the BFPD Tip Line at 802-463-2373.

Harmony Birch can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext.153. Or you can follow her @birchharmony.


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