Chief Todd Costa reports that the Somerset Police Department arrested a man and seized 400 bags of heroin along with a quantity of crack cocaine this weekend.
WILLIAM BRUCE, AGE 63, OF NORTON, was arrested and charged with Trafficking of a Class B substance (crack cocaine) and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class A substance (heroin).
On Sunday, March 27, Somerset Police Officer Eli Fishbein developed information that BRUCE, who had three outstanding warrants issued by the Fall River District Court, was at the Riverview Inn and Suites, 1878 Wilbur Ave.
With this information, Officer Fishbein and Officer Brian Dempsey initiated an attempt to locate BRUCE and take him into custody, and subsequently located him entering the hotel from the parking lot.
During the process of taking him into custody on the preexisting warrants, officers allegedly located approximately 400 pre-packaged bags of heroin and 40 grams of suspected crack cocaine in BRUCE’S possession.
BRUCE was subsequently placed under arrest without further incident and transported to the Somerset Police Department for booking. He was then transported to the Bristol County Sheriff’s regional jail in New Bedford where he was held until his arraignment.
BRUCE is expected to be arraigned today in Fall River District Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.