State police have reported that they stopped a minivan attempting to travel
through a tunnel on the Pennsylvania Turnpike without the required headlamps
in use. After being stopped for a relatively minor traffic violation,
the 45-year-old driver was arrested on
drug charges. Reportedly, the man also has a history of violent crimes.
Police say that, when they made the initial traffic stop, the vehicle had
an over-powering aroma of car deodorizer. In addition, the man supposedly
displayed signs of excessive nervousness that included severe trembling
and shortness of breath. Officers requested the man's permission to
search the vehicle, which was denied.
Once the man climbed out of his van, authorities say he seemed disturbed
about the circumstances. He was reportedly muttering incoherently and
still trembling. Officers then claim that he walked to the roadside and
started to cry. Pennsylvania State Troopers secured a search warrant and
allegedly discovered more than $120,000 worth of a substance thought to
be heroin and packaged in thousands of small baggies.
The man was taken into police custody and is awaiting further proceedings
regarding his drug charges. His bond has been set at $250,000. Pennsylvania
authorities have filed both felony and misdemeanor offenses against him.
He is entitled to review the charges and evidence that could be used against
him by the state. Moreover, it is important to remember that he is presumed
innocent, as is anyone who finds they are facing criminal charges, and
he may seek out relevant information and resources to enable him to present
a vigorous defense geared toward achieving the best possible resolution
available to him.
Source: tribune-democrat.com, "State police make another drug bust on turnpike",
Patrick Buchnowski, April 17, 2014