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Nov 6, 2015 3:58 PM

UPDATE: Claremont elementary school locked down during drug arrest, 800 bags heroin seized


CLAREMONT - Police say they've made a second arrest in a drug investigation the led to a brief lockdown Friday morning at the Bluff Elementary School.

Police also said they seized 800 bags of heroin with a street value of about $8,000 and almost $10,000 in cash. Police also found stolen vehicle parts valued at about $2,000.

Bluff Elementary School was placed in what police call a "soft" lockdown Friday around 10:45 a.m. as they moved to arrest a man following a lengthy investigation into drug dealing.

According to police, Pedro Rodriguez, 33, of Claremont was wanted on felony warrants for four counts of sale of controlled drugs, including heroin and cocaine. Rodriguez faces additional charges of possession with intent to distribute and operating with a suspended license.

He was arrested on Sullivan Street by officers with the state police SWAT team, and the school lockdown was lifted as soon as Rodriguez was in custody.

Police said after the arrest, they conducted searches at two addresses in connection with the case: 247 Sullivan St. and 8 Mulberry St.

Later in the day, they conducted a third search at 28 High St. and arrested Ashley Lynn Stoodley, 25, of Claremont, charging her with possession of heroin.

Rodriguez and Stoodley are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in the 5th Circuit Court-Claremont District Division.


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