Mentor police arrest suspected drug dealers who fell asleep at stop light
Mentor police arrested two suspected drug dealers who passed out at a stoplight and who were caught with a large amount of drugs and cash.
Zachary Dykes, 38, of Mentor and Jasmine Alexander, 35, of Painesville face multiple drug charges after the early-Saturday bust.
An officer approached the Ford Escape driven by Dykes about 4:15 a.m. when the car sat idle through two red light cycles on the State Route 2 westbound exit ramp to Reynolds Road.
The officer had difficulty waking them up, and ultimately shook the SUV by its roof rack. Dykes came to and began eating Skittles and playing on his cellphone, police said.
Alexander, who was in the passenger's seat, tried to hide a bag of drugs while Dykes performed sobriety tests, police said. The bag was filled with 13 cocaine capsules, 3.5 grams of heroin and a small amount of marijuana. Police also seized a large unspecified amount of cash and multiple cellphones.
Both are charged with trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, trafficking in marijuana, failure to wear a seat belt and possession of criminal tools.
Dykes is also charged with driving under suspension, OVI and impeding traffic.
Information on their next court appearance was not immediately available.
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