Traffic stop results in drug arrest

G. Sam Piatt, PDT Staff Writer

September 4, 2012


PDT Staff Writer

A Portsmouth man has been charged in a drug arrest that occurred as the result of a traffic stop on Saturday.

Michael C. Spradlin, 36, of 222 Chillicothe St., in Portsmouth, faces charges of possession of drugs - heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments. Spradlin was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over for a lane violation after turning at the intersection of Third and Gay streets.

When the three occupants of the vehicle were asked if there were any drugs in 2001 Ford Explorer, they each responded there were none, but during the pat down of Spradlin, an officer noted feeling something in his pocket. That item then fell through his pant leg. It turned out to be a white and purple plastic tube which contained a yellowish baggie. That baggie reportedly contained an off-white rocky substance.

The three were read their Miranda Rights, but Spradlin reportedly told officers the item was heroin and it was his. They also located a syringe loaded with an unknown liquid substance and a metal spoon, which Spradlin also said were his. Spradlin reportedly told police he had purchased the heroin for $40. It was later weighed and turned out to be about .8 of a gram.

Police officers decided to submit the unknown liquid to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. However, Spradlin reportedly told them he expected it to contain heroin. The syringe was destroyed in a sharps container.

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