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Suspect cracks under pressure

Courtney Astolfi • Apr 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM

A Sandusky man was hit with a slew of drug-related charges Thursday morning after he peppered the back of a police cruiser with crack, police said.

Tarrence Hills, 33, of the 1600 block of Hayes Ave., was charged with cocaine trafficking and possession, marijuana possession, tampering with evidence, illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility, two counts of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation. He was also served a pending warrant for cocaine trafficking.

Hills was a passenger in a vehicle that police stopped for a lane violation at about 1 a.m. at Cleveland Road and Erie Boulevard.When officers approached the car, they saw Hills reach under his leg, according to a Sandusky police report.

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When Hills stood up, officers saw a bag of marijuana on the floorboard near his feet, the report said. They also located a digital scale in his pocket. After a search of his person yielded no further contraband, officers arrested Hills and placed him in the back of a police cruiser.

En route to the police station, an officer noticed Hills wriggling around in the back seat, trying to empty his pocket, the report said.

When the cruiser arrived at the police station, the officer noticed Hills had crack on his pants and all over the back seat and on the floorboards, the report said.

Hills was then placed in a holding cell, where officers found a plastic bag with residue in one of his pockets, as well as $631 cash.

Officers are not sure how much crack Hills had on him, given that much of it was mashed into the cruiser’s seat and floor, the report said.

Hills remains in the Erie County jail without bond on the probation violation.

His bond was set at $30,000 on the other charges.

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