Man Claims Bag Of Cocaine Is Just Sugar For Coffee

  • 10/18/2018 2:25:39 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - Cocaine, marijuana, and hydrocodone were seized by the Mansfield Police Department Tuesday night, turning a simple traffic stop into two court summons and a felony warrant for drug possession.

36 year old Dwain Hines and 39 year old Michael Dowdell, both of Akron, were in the back seat of a white 2012 Dodge Charger owned and operated by 49-year-old Mansfield resident Paula Jacobs. Jacobs was driving when she failed to use a turn signal and was pulled over near the intersection of West First Street and Sturges Avenue. When Mansfield police pulled the vehicle over, the officer smelled marijuana. Jacobs claimed that she had allowed someone else to use her car and that she had seen a quote "roach and bud" in the center console. Jacobs was issued a summons in leiu of arrest.

A k9 unit was called in and the occupants were removed from the vehicle and searched. A white pill was found under Dowdell's leg when he was removed from the vehicle, but he denied any knowledge of the pill, saying it must have been there before he got in the car. Dowdell was served with a grand jury waiver and released.

Upon searching Dwain Hines, officers found a large bag containing white powder. Hines stated that the bag was full of powdered sugar, which he had taken to a friend's house for coffee that morning when he heard his friend was out of sugar. The bag was seized, along with the other drugs in the vehicle, and Hines was served a felony warrant for possession of 27 grams of cocaine.

In total, 27 grams of cocaine, 2 grams of marijuana, and hydrocodone were seized and submitted to the lab. The case is pending investigation.

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