Fall River couple arrested after heroin found in their truck, which also had boy, 4, in it, police say

A man and his wife were arrested on Friday when 201 bags of heroin were found in their truck, along with the man’s 4-year-old boy, police said.

David Andrade, 49, and Rachel Andrade, 36, both of Fall River, were arrested around 3 p.m. and charged with possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and endangering a child, Fall River Lieutenant Kevin Tetrault said.

The two were arraigned on Monday in Fall River District Court and pleaded not guilty, said Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol district attorney’s office. The pair were held on $3,000 cash bail and are due back in court for a pre-trial conference on Aug. 2.

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Neighbors had contacted police saying they were suspicious that the two were in possession of drugs, Tetrault said. When an officer spotted their truck, a black Ford 250, he followed them, Tetrault said.

Police believe the suspects were aware they were being followed and drove through a red light in an attempt to escape the police, according to Tetrault. An officer was able to stop the truck.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the officer observed the couple trying to hide something under the dashboard, police said. When searching the truck, police found a knife, Tetrault said.

Police also found 201 bags of heroin in Andrade’s purse, all while the toddler, who is the biological son of David but not Rachel, was in the vehicle, Tetrault said.

The 4-year-old was taken into custody by his biological mother, according to Tetrault.