EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Two Fall River men were detained on drug charges Thursday after the state police seized a sizable quantity of heroin during a motor vehicle stop on I-195 the day before.
State police said they seized more than 20 â€śbricksâ€ť of heroin â€“ 1,050 individually wrapped packets in all â€“ after they pulled the car over. A single brick has a street value of about $300.
Keith A. Casper and Michael Fleck, both 30, of Fall River, were arrested on one count each of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. Casper, the driver, was also charged with driving a motor vehicle while in possession of a controlled substance.
They were ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions pending a hearing on June 12 following their arraignment in Sixth District Court on Thursday.
State police said troopers assigned to the Lincoln Woods Barracks stopped Casperâ€™s vehicle while he was traveling eastbound through the city on the highway. Officers initially stopped the vehicle for following too close and a seat belt violation.
State Police Supt. Col. Stephen G. Oâ€™Donnell said a trooper accompanied by a narcotics-sniffing dog were called to the scene later.
â€śTroopers located a plastic bag that contained the packets of suspected heroin in a patch of tall grass adjacent to the vehicle,â€ť Oâ€™Donnell said in a statement. â€śSubsequent investigation determined that bag was thrown from the vehicle upon being stopped.â€ť
In addition to the drug charges, Casper was cited for following too close and failure to wear a seatbelt.
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