Drugs, paraphernalia and guns seized during traffic stops – The Daily Jeffersonian

Suspected illegal narcotics, drug paraphernalia and firearms were seized by Cambridge police officers during two unrelated traffic stops Saturday.

A plastic bag containing an unknown white crystal substance, glass smoking pipe and firearms were collected as evidence during a stop on Southgate Parkway while drug paraphernalia, pills and an unknown green powder were found during a stop more than eight hours later on Woodlawn Avenue.

Various charges were filed against four individuals in connection with the traffic stops including two men wanted on warrants in Muskingum and Guernsey counties.

According to police reports, officers saw a Chevrolet truck with only one working headlight traveling south on Southgate Parkway at 5:59 a.m. A traffic stop was conducted after a license plate check revealed the registered owner was wanted on a warrant issued in Muskingum County.

The male, a 27-year-old resident of Norwich, was removed from the vehicle and secured in handcuffs while a 23-year-old female from Bethesda remained in the passenger seat inside the truck.

During a pat down of the male, an officer located a wrapper containing a white crystal substance in the male’s pants pocket. He reportedly told officers the powder was methamphetamine.

An officer then observed a rifle lying on the floor in the back seat and the female passenger was ordered to place her hands on top of her head. She was then removed from the truck.

Officers reported searching the Chevrolet truck and found two handgun magazines taped inside an envelope marked “.45-caliber;” a loaded cylinder for the revolver in the center console cup holder; a loaded magazine for a .22-caliber rifle that was found on the floor behind the front seat; and an open box of .22-caliber ammunition.

The rifle magazine was reportedly lying on the driver’s seat next to the center console after the male was removed from the vehicle.

A glass pipe with unknown residue was also found in the vehicle’s glove box. All of the items were seized as evidence.

Both the driver and female passenger were served with summonses in lieu of arrest for improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle as both firearms were in close proximity of the loaded components of each firearm.

The male was cited for the headlight violation and driving while under a child support and non-compliance suspensions. He was then transported to the county line and released into the custody of Muskingum County sheriff’s deputies to face the warrant in that county.

The suspected methamphetamine was sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation for testing.

The second traffic stop was initiated at 2:26 p.m. after an officer observed the driver of a white Ford vehicle commit a turn signal violation at the intersection of Elm Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

When officers approached the vehicle, they located a 25-year-old city resident wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in the Cambridge Municipal Court on Feb. 25 and March 3 where he is facing a charge for possessing drug abuse instruments. The warrant was issued on March 5.

The wanted male was removed from the vehicle and checked for weapons, at which time officers located a syringe in his pants pocket. Also found in his pocket were two white pills determined to be Gabapentin.

He was issued a summons in lieu of arrest for possession of drug abuse instruments and possession of a dangerous drug for the pills.

Other occupants in the vehicle included the driver, a 23-year-old Byesville man, and a 22-year-old Cambridge female in the back seat.

Police said the driver told them he didn’t want to consent to a search of the vehicle. Police K-9 Buddy then conducted an open air sniff and alerted to the vehicle, according to officers.

During a search of the vehicle, police reported finding two bags of marijuana in the glove box and a backpack; a glass marijuana pipe and grinder; a straight glass pipe with burn marks and residue; and a bindle containing an unknown green powder.

The driver was placed in a police cruiser.

While officers were conducting their investigation, they reported hearing a thumping sound coming from the cruiser and saw the driver was kicking the door with enough force to make it visibly bow outward. When an officer advised him to stop kicking the door, he reportedly began screaming at the officer.

The male was then removed from the cruiser and he allegedly moved at an officer in an apparent attempt to assault him. The male was pinned against the police cruiser and secured in handcuffs.

The driver denied knowing what the green powder was, but told police it could be Kratom.

The National Institute of Drug abuse identified Kratom “a tropical tree (Mitragyna speciosa) native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain compounds that can have psychotropic (mind-altering) effects.”

Although it has been used in traditional medicines since at least the nineteenth century, it is sometimes sold as a green powder in packets labeled “not for human consumption.”

The driver was cited for a turn signal violation and issued a summons in lieu of arrest for criminal mischief for his actions inside the cruiser.

The female was released at the scene after recovering her cellphone and $12 cash from the vehicle.

The BCII was sent to the Ohio BCII for testing. The results of the testing are not expected for several weeks.

Both cases remained under investigation by the Cambridge Police Department and the cases could be presented for a future grand jury.