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Minor arrested on heroin charge during traffic stop in Madawaska

MADAWASKA, Maine — After stopping the driver on a traffic violation near the Church in St. David on Main Street, Madawaska police arrested a 17-year-old female and charged her with possession of heroin.

Officer Ryan Albert, with the assistance of a U.S. Border Patrol K-9 unit, arrested the juvenile female after the K-9 alerted the officers to the presence of drugs on May 4, according to Albert. The officer pulled the vehicle over for an unspecified traffic violation. Police said that during traffic stops, if border patrol units are nearby it is routine for them to assist with the stop.

After searching the vehicle and the two occupants of the vehicle — one adult driver and the 17-year-old female passenger — the officers found 2.5 grams of individually wrapped heroin in the juvenile’s purse. The juvenile then was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, according to Albert.

The case is still under investigation and the juvenile has been referred to a juvenile community corrections officer.

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