By Nicholas Grube
Triplicate staff writer
Crescent City Police seized 11 bags of heroin and 11 syringes during a traffic stop Tuesday evening.
Officers found the contraband along with illegal prescription drugs and $700 in the vehicle of James Lawrence Brown, 45, Crescent City.
According to city police Sgt. Garrett Scott, two baggies contained tobacco with heroin- loaded syringes hidden inside.
"We don't know exactly what their intentions were, but they had names on them," Scott said, adding that they might have been packaged that way to smuggle them into a secure facility such as a prison or jail.
Scott said he was unsure of the exact amount of heroin found, but added that it's a "fair amount" with an estimated street value of "about $500." Each bag, he said, probably contained enough for one person to use. In total, there was probably less than an ounce.
"You don't really come across (heroin) very often," Scott said, because users tend to be very careful and secretive. But he added that it is still a problem.
"Heroin, it definitely is a problem," he said. " is number one, and heroin is next to that."
Also on the scene with Sgt. Scott were Officer Eric Capon, who made the traffic stop, Officer Dominic Mello, who with K-9 Zeus found the heroin, and Officer-in-training Jason Gill.
Brown is charged with felony counts of heroin possession and possession of illegal prescription medication. He is already on probation for previous drug violations.