Old Police Cruiser Packs Surprise

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — A Burrillville town councilor found out the hard way that it is always best to carefully examine what you are bidding on when he bought a used police cruiser at auction recently.

    Kevin Blais bought the 2004 Ford Crown Victoria in an online auction from the Hartford, Conn., police. However, it wasn’t until he got home with his purchase and started cleaning it up that he noticed a cracked area on the one-piece molded seat assembly.

    When he removed the seat assembly to clean the floor, he found a plastic bag containing a substance that local police later confirmed was cocaine.

    Blais speculates that a suspect stuffed the drugs through the crack to prevent police from finding them. Burrillville Lt. Kevin San Antonio says Hartford police were "apologetic" when he told them of the discovery.

    Hartford police spokeswoman Nancy Mulroy said Friday that based on their past experience with drug suspects, Blais’ speculation is almost certainly correct.

    "It’s not unusual that perpetrators or suspects try to hide stuff in the cruisers before they go to booking, where they know they’ll be searched," she said.