Local cops find heroin paraphernalia during traffic stop

Cary Ashby • Mar 15, 2013 at 5:07 PM

The village police chief reported finding multiple pieces of suspected heroin paraphernalia in a vehicle during recent a traffic stop.

At 3:35 p.m. Monday, Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker stopped a late-model Dodge for following too closely.

"The vehicle was traveling westbound on East Main (Street) through Wakeman. The vehicle was operated by a female from Mansfield," Hunker said.

While the chief said he was talking to the front seat passenger, who was out of the car at the time, the back seat occupant pulled a syringe out of his sock and kicked it underneath the driver's seat.

Hunker said he observed the movement and another officer had the back seat passenger exit the vehicle.

"A syringe was found in the area where he was sitting," Hunker said.

"There were multiple pieces of suspected heroin paraphernalia found in the vehicle. All (the) items were seized as evidence and will be sent to the lab for analysis. There will be more charges filed," he said.

Norwalk resident Vincent Poland, 25 of 39 Jefferson St., was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence. The third-degree felony is punishable by nine months to three years in prison.

Poland was transported to the Huron County Jail after the traffic stop.

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