3 arrested in drug raid

Cary Ashby • Updated Jul 22, 2016 at 6:31 PM

NEW LONDON — Police seized suspected heroin, cocaine and drug paraphernalia while using a search warrant Tuesday afternoon at a New London apartment.

The New London Police Department made three related arrests when Chief Mike Marko and seven officers executed the warrant at 65 East St., Apt. A. The drug bust happened about 2:30 p.m.

James E. Blackburn, 38, of 224 Keiffer St., Willard, was charged with possession of heroin, trafficking in drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Noelle B. Godfrey, 27, and Robert C. Shepherd, 56, both of 65-A East St., New London, were charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments.

“They were very cooperative. They were arrested and transported (to jail) without incident,” Marko said.

Shepherd also was charged with permitting drug abuse and possession of cocaine.

“Mr. Shepherd is the primary tenant at the residence. He had been allowing the others (Blackburn and Godfrey) to stay there for about the last three weeks in exchange for heroin and cocaine when they have it,” Officer Seth Miracle said.

Miracle was asked if the suspects have a known drug history.

“In fact, none of them did,” he said.

Police started their investigation about 10 days ago when an informant provided officers information about suspected drug usage at the apartment.

When using the warrant Tuesday, police said they seized “a significant amount of heroin,” a trace amount of suspected cocaine, some cash, hypodermic needles and drug-related items.  

Authorities estimate the items have a street value of more than $1,000. They will be tested at the Mansfield police lab.

“This definitely was a department effort. We couldn’t do this without everyone’s help. A good team effort,” Miracle said.

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