Police Arrest North Carolina Man On Heroin & Fentanyl Charges

Colten C. Heath

Police Arrest North Carolina Man On Heroin & Fentanyl Charges

EAST LYME, CT—A North Carolina man took East Lyme and Waterford police on a wild chase through the woods dropping evidence along the way, namely heroin and fentanyl, according to East Lyme Police Chief Michael Finkelstein.

According to a police report, Thursday morning at around 10 a.m., police got an anonymous tip about suspicious activity involving a U-Haul truck in the parking lot of the Niantic Motel on Flanders Road.

When police arrived and made contact with the driver, Colten C. Heath of Asheville, North Carolina, to investigate, he “suddenly fled on foot through the parking lot of the Niantic Motel, and into the wooded area behind it, discarding items of evidence along the way,” police said.

“The foot pursuit led through the woods to an area adjacent to an apartment complex on King Arthur Drive, where responding officers were able to contain the suspect and take him into custody without incident,” the report reads. Officers were joined by K9 units from the East Lyme and Waterford Police departments and conducted “article searches and located heroin and fentanyl along the route of the foot pursuit.”

Police said Heath, 30, has a “history of drug trafficking charges out of North Carolina.” Heath was transported to the Waterford Police Department and charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell, possession of fentanyl with intent to sell, interfering with an officer, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.

He was held on a $25,000 bond.

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