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Police: Man smuggled drugs into police HQ

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A Sandusky man was jailed on a slew of drug charges Friday morning after he allegedly carried suspected crack and heroin into the Sandusky police department.

Zafar Van Cleaf, 23, of the 400 block of Perry St., was charged with felonious cocaine and heroin trafficking, cocaine and heroin possession, illegal conveyance onto the grounds of a detention facility, tampering with evidence, criminal tools possession and misdemeanor resisting arrest, marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia and driving under suspension.

Sandusky police pulled Van Cleaf’s vehicle over at Reese and Hancock streets at 10:15 a.m., after they recognized him from previous driving under suspension violations, according to a police report.

An officer quickly noticed Van Cleaf’s hands were shaking, and was familiar with his past involvement in drug activity. This gave police probable cause to search the car, according to the police report.

While officers found nothing inside Van Cleaf’s 2013 Dodge Avenger, they did find several items on his person, the report said. He allegedly had more than $350 in one pocket, a bag of marijuana in another, and a digital scale in his jacket.

Back at the police station, officers conducted a strip search in which Van Cleaf was not entirely cooperative, the report said. Officers eventually found a bag of crack and heroin inside the flap of his underwear, the report said.

As officers walked away, Van Cleaf allegedly said, “You guys are going down.”

He remains in the Erie County jail without bond.

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