County Police Find 5,900 Packets of Heroin with K-9 Help

They arrested a Connecticut woman who was driving through New Rochelle March 6.

A traffic stop last night on the Hutchinson River Parkway turned into a heroin bust after county police called in a drug-sniffing dog. 

Here's the full statement from Westchester County Police Public Information Officer Kieran O'Leary:

Westchester County Police on Thursday night arrested a Connecticut woman and seized $59,000 worth of heroin following a traffic stop on the Hutchinson River Parkway in New Rochelle.

Officers from the Patrol Task Force stopped a Honda Accord that was being driven erratically about 11:45 p.m. Thursday night near Wilmot Road.

The driver was extremely nervous and gave conflicting information to officers about her travel in the area.

A county police narcotics detection canine, Suki, was brought to the scene. Suki did an exterior sweep of the vehicle and indicated on the presence of narcotics. A subsequent search of the car turned up 5,900 envelopes of heroin hidden in the trunk.

The heroin has an estimated street value of $59,000.

Leslie Dawkins, 25, of Waterbury was taken into custody and booked at county police headquarters in Hawthorne on a charge of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (Intent to Sell), felonies.

Dawkins was held overnight and arraigned today in New Rochelle City Court. She was remanded to the Westchester County Jail without bail.


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