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Police Find Teddy Bear Stuffed With Heroin Inside Child’s Bedroom

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Police conducting a drug raid Wednesday found a teddy bear stuffed full of heroin baggies inside a child’s bedroom at a residence in Massachusetts.

The Hampden County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at an apartment Wednesday morning in Springfield, Massachusetts, arresting 22-year-old Joshua Santiago. Police found Santiago in bed with a revolver and some heroin on his nightstand. During a search of the apartment, officers also seized 44 rounds of ammunition, reports Mass Live.

The most surprising discovery was 750 heroin bags officers found stuffed inside a brown teddy bear, which was in a children’s room in the apartment.

“This is tremendous work by the Hampden County Narcotics Task Force,” Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said in a statement, according to Mass Live. “We will continue to be relentless in our pursuit of taking traffickers out of our neighborhoods and aggressively prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.”

Santiago faces a litany of charges including trafficking between 18 and 36 grams of heroin, trafficking between 26 and 100 grams of cocaine and possession of a firearm without a license. Authorities said the arrest came as part of a broader investigation into narcotics trafficking and distribution in the Springfield area.

Narcotics traffickers often get creative to hide their supply. Security at Dulles International Airport recently seized 1.56 pounds of heroin hidden inside lollipops in a man’s luggage.

Oddly enough, after conducting an interview, officers concluded the unidentified man had no idea he was transporting heroin within the lollipops and did not charge him.

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