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E.P. police make large heroin bust

May 29, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – 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 “bricks” of heroin – 1,050 individually wrapped packets in all – 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 Casper’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. O’Donnell said a trooper accompanied by a narcotics-sniffing dog were called to the scene later.
“Troopers located a plastic bag that contained the packets of suspected heroin in a patch of tall grass adjacent to the vehicle,” O’Donnell said in a statement. “Subsequent investigation determined that bag was thrown from the vehicle upon being stopped.”
In addition to the drug charges, Casper was cited for following too close and failure to wear a seatbelt.
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