BILLERICA — Billerica police, responding to a resident’s report of a suspicious package floating in Sandy Pond in the area off of Shane Lane, discovered nearly four pounds of cocaine wrapped in two packages, according to police.
The bizarre discovery was prompted when the resident called police on Monday about 4:45 p.m., according to Deputy Chief Roy Frost.
Officers found the package the resident had spotted while walking in the area. It was wrapped in clear plastic and duct tape. Police took the package back to their police station and conducted a field test which identified the substance in the package was likely cocaine.
Police then secured the area around the pond and conducted additional searches, eventually discovering a second, similar package, which also contained a substance that field tests said was likely cocaine.
“The total weight of both packages was just under four pounds,” Frost said in a press release.
Frost said police are conducting a full investigation into the origin of the packages, which will include additional searches of the area as well as forensic testing of the packages’ contents by the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab.
Frost encouraged residents to avoid the area of the pond, as ongoing police activity is expected there.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Billerica Police by calling 978-667-1212 or via the department’s website at www.billericapolice.org.
AUTHOR: ROBERT MILLS