Two law enforcement agencies collaborated in an investigation that resulted in the arrest of a local man and the confiscation of an estimated $15,750 worth of heroin Wednesday.
What began as a traffic stop initiated by an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper ended with the seizure of 105 grams of suspected heroin, $7,100 in cash, the confiscation of a .357 magnum revolver and the arrest of 29-year-old Mansfield resident Lorne Brewer.
Brewer was charged with one first-degree felony count of possession of heroin and a third-degree felony count of possession of weapons under disability.
He was taken to the Richland County Jail, where he awaits arraignment on charges.
METRICH Sgt. Joseph Petrycki said the state patrol conducted a traffic stop late Wednesday morning and found the occupants to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.
“During their car stop, while speaking with the occupants of the car, they developed reasonable suspicion that there may be drugs at a nearby hotel,” Petrycki said.
State troopers contacted METRICH detectives who determined the occupants of the vehicle had stayed at the Super 8 Motel on 2425 Interstate Circle.
METRICH detectives then obtained a warrant then then executed a search of a hotel room.
Petrycki said no one was inside the room when detectives confiscated the heroin, firearm and cash.
Brewer, who had been detained by troopers, was then arrested and taken into custody.
Originally published in the News Journal on April 3, 2014.