Orleans police make yet another heroin arrest

Chief says addiction is spreading among young people in area

ORLEANS - Orleans police on Monday afternoon made the latest in a slew of arrests for heroin possession. Following a motor vehicle stop, police arrested Christopher Gaspar, 23, of Orleans.

Over the past two months, Orleans police have made repeated arrests for heroin possession. Dirty, used hypodermic needles have been discovered throughout the town.

The Gaspar and Larsen arrests are just the latest heroin possession arrests made by the Orleans police.

"Heroin is becoming more prevalent in the area and unfortunately many young adults are getting addicted and then turning to crime to support their habit," Orleans Police Chief Jeffrey J. Roy said earlier this month.

According to police, Officer David Freiner stopped a motor vehicle along Route 6A near Hill Top Plaza about 2 p.m. Monday on suspicion of narcotics activity. Frenier soon joined by Orleans detectives, as well as members of the Cape Cod Drug Task Force.

Police said drug paraphernalia was discovered in the passenger compartment of the car.

Gaspar, the passenger of the motor vehicle, was found to be in possession of 14 bags of heroin, with a street value of approximately $350. He was arrested and charged with possession of heroin. He was released on personal recognizance for arraignment Tuesday morning in Orleans District Court.

The arrest follows a week-long investigation of heroin activity that police have identified in the Orleans area.

The previous Monday, Orleans police arrested Adam R. Larsen, 21, of Harwich for alleged possession of a brick of heroin that contained the equivalent of 53 bags of the narcotic.

The Gaspar and Larsen arrests are just the latest heroin possession arrests made by the Orleans police.

A little over two weeks ago, an officer making a routine car stop for speed encountered Edward P. Tesson, 20, of Wellfleet. Tesson was subsequently arrested for possession of heroin with intent to distribute after officers discovered 56 bags of heroin and hypodermic needles.

On Nov. 11, officers executed a search warrant at a residence off of Route 6A and arrested one resident for selling heroin out of the apartment.

On Oct. 31, officers investigated a breaking and entering into an auto parked at a Main Street business. They subsequently arrested a 20-year-old Orleans resident and charged him with receiving stolen property and possession of heroin. The search subsequent to his arrest resulted in finding bags of heroin and a needle.

On Oct. 28, an 18-year-old Orleans youth attempted suicide at his home. He was an admitted heroin user and officers observed fresh track marks up his arm.

On Oct. 23, a 19-year-old Orleans resident was stopped for a traffic violation and 426 bags of heroin/syringes and $620 cash were found in his vehicle.

On Oct. 4, a 19-year-old Orleans resident stopped in vehicle and arrested with 75 bags of heroin and over $1,000 cash.

"We are working with the Barnstable County Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Agency and sharing information with all police departments in an effort to find and arrest those responsible for distributing heroin in our area," Chief Roy said in a statement.

"We are asking for your help," the chief said. "Any information should be directed to Det. Kevin Higgins where it will be kept confidential."

The Orleans police can be reached at 508-255-0117.

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