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MANCHESTER — A traffic stop led to the arrest of a Bellows Falls man Sunday on charges of possession of heroin and cocaine.

According to a press release, a Manchester Police Department officer stopped a vehicle driven by Joshua Lescord, 34, at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, March 21, on Depot Street near the intersection of Route 7.

Police said officers found drug paraphernalia on Lescord and a Winhall Police Department police dog was called.

WPD K9 Gunner indicated the presence of drugs in the vehicle at multiple points but Lescord refused to grant consent to search the vehicle. Officers then seized the vehicle until a warrant could be obtained.

With the warrant in hand, Manchester officers searched the vehicle and found 3 grams of suspected cocaine and 111 bags of suspected heroin.

As a result, Lescord was charged with felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of cocaine, according to the release.

He was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield for lack of $5,000 bail.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges against others in the vehicle are possible, according to the press release.


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