Wakeman police seized nearly $2,000 in cash and multiple pieces of suspected heroin paraphernalia during a traffic stop this weekend.
The front seat passenger, Cecelia A. Parisi, 23, of Cleveland, was charged with possession of drugs. Wakeman Police Officer Tom Sech made the excessive speed-related traffic stop Saturday morning on East Main Street.
"She was staying in the Norwalk area (and) was getting picked up by a friend. We pulled the vehicle over for speeding," Chief Tim Hunker said.
Parisi was picked up from Summit Motorsports Park and heading back to Cleveland, he said.
As Sech made the stop, the officer reportedly saw suspicious movement in the vehicle.
"There were only two occupants. ... It appeared they were trying to hide something in the front," Hunker said.
The officer, upon getting consent to search the vehicle, found a used syringe, a spoon "commonly used for cooking heroin," about $1,800 in cash and a Visa card belonging to a male subject in Parisi's purse, Hunker said.
"There was a makeshift tourniquet made of shoe laces (in the car). There was a small piece of folded paper with residue ... consistent with heroin (usage)," Hunker also said.
Police also discovered 21 generic Vicodin capsules in a candy container in the center console.
Hunker said the female driver hasn't been charged, but could be later depending on the results from METRICH Agent Eric Bardar, who was called to the scene to process the evidence. Bardar is also a Wakeman officer. METRICH is a 10-county drug task force.
"There were some cut straws found under (the driver's) seat," Hunker said.
Two Huron County sheriff's deputies also assisted with the traffic stop.
Parisi, when interviewed, admitted to using heroin "a few months back" and that the seized items were heroin-related, Hunker said.
This was the third felony drug possession case investigated by Wakeman police in two weeks.