July 23, 2014

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Sheriff: Routine traffic stop in Seville nets 18.5 grams of heroin

SEVILLE — A traffic stop for tinted windows led to a drug arrest Saturday night.

A Medina County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a driver at about 8 p.m. on Interstate 71 southbound near Seville, for windows that officials said were nearly blacked out.

Richard Cremeans

Richard Cremeans

Sheriff’s Capt. David Centner said the driver’s brother was sitting in the passenger seat and had a felony warrant from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office for a probation violation related to a cocaine possession case.

“When taken into custody, he was asked if there were any drugs in the vehicle, and he said yes there is some dope in there, and admitted it was his,” Centner said.

In the center console, police reported finding 18.5 grams of heroin, broken up into small plastic bags called bindles.

“They were packaged for sale,” Centner said.

Richard Cremeans, 39, of Chesapeake in Lawrence County in southern Ohio, was charged with drug trafficking, a second-degree felony punishable by up to eight years in prison.

Centner said he also was charged with possession of a crack pipe, a fifth-degree felony, punishable by up to a year in jail.

Having tinted windows is a minor misdemeanor under Ohio law and police can pull over drivers for the offense.

Centner said authorities will keep using any means at their disposal to combat the county’s heroin problem.

“We’re well aware that the heroin problem in Medina County is worse than it’s ever been,” he said. “I think it’s going to take a combination of education, treatment and aggressive enforcement. Hopefully with those three avenues of attack, we’ll be able to put a dent in it.”

Cremeans was arraigned Monday before Wadsworth Municipal Court Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine. He remains in the Medina County Jail on a $50,000, 10 percent, bond. No hearing date is set.

The driver also was wanted on a warrant from another county for failure to appear on a charge of fishing without a license, but Centner said he was not arrested because the crime was so minor it was outside the “arrest radius.”

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @danpomp32.