Sandusky police pulled over Hatfield’s Mercury Mountaineer at Hayes Avenue and West Osborne Street at 3:30 p.m. Monday, after it veered outside its lane twice, according to a Sandusky police report.
Officers used police dog to sniff around the vehicle after noticing all three of its occupants appeared nervous. The dog quickly alerted to the front passenger seat, the report said.
As Sandusky police Detective Adam West searched the vehicle’s glove box, he saw a glint of plastic wrap tucked behind the radio and air-conditioning unit.
West pulled a total of three bags from the hidden compartment — one with 41 grams of heroin, one with 98 oxymorphone pills — commonly called Opana — and one with 90 oxycodone/ acetaminophen pills, commonly called Percocet.
Police estimate the heroin can be sold for $100 a gram, and each oxymorphone pill is sold for $40. Each oxycodone/ acetaminophen pill sells for $5, West said.
“It’s a pretty large amount for a town like this,” West said. “It’s the most heroin I’ve found in six years doing this”
Martin and Hatfield did not claim ownership of the drugs, prompting officers to charge them with trafficking and possession, West said.
The trafficking charges were upgraded to first-degree felonies because the three suspects were within 1,000 feet of Sandusky High School at the time of the traffic stop, West said.
All three were taken to the Erie County jail, where they remain on $135,000 bond apiece.