A car flashed its lights as it repeatedly circled a block on the north side Tuesday night, Feb. 27, attracting attention and leading police to arrest two suspected drug dealers.
According to the police report, at 10:35 p.m. a resident called police to report a white Subaru repeatedly circling the block of 11th and Bailey, flashing its lights.
An officer found the suspect car — a white 2001 Subaru Legacy – and pulled it over near 12th and Jeffers, Police Spokesman John Deal said. The driver was identified as Sean Heinemann. His passenger was identified as Joseph Pfeister.
The two men in the car told police they were circling the area looking for a friend, and agreed to a search, according to the police report.
When an officer was patting down Heinemann, he saw something clutched in his hand. The officer removed the item — a small metal case containing two baggies of suspected meth. A syringe was also found in Heinemann’s front pocket.
Both men were detained and the Subaru was searched.
Officers found several baggies, containers of suspected meth, as well as syringes and a suspected meth pipe.
That wasn’t all. They found a backpack containing more suspected meth as well as a scale. And, they found a baggie of suspected heroin and a plastic container of suspected heroin, Deal said.
The drug items field-tested positive for meth and heroin, he said.
Police also found a semi-automatic handgun in the vehicle, concealed in the glove box.
Both men were charged with possession of a firearm during a drug violation, possession of heroin and meth, possession with intent to deliver and possession of concealed weapon.
Heinemann was also charged with possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, since he is a convicted felon, Deal said.
Heinemann also faces a charge of shoplifting of less than $500 in items. He is in the Lincoln County jail, held on bonds totaling $255,000, according to Lincoln County sheriff’s records.
It was the second time Tuesday that suspicious driving led to a set of arrests.
Early Tuesday morning at 1 a.m., a police officer on patrol saw a white 2011 Chevy Impala near Fifth and Walnut, generally circling the area, apparently trying to avoid being seen by the officer, Deal said.
The officer checked the plate number and found the car was reportedly stolen, so he pulled it over near Third and Oak.
The driver wasn’t charged with any offenses, but two of his passengers were — Nicolette Chacon and the other, Andrew Ferrell.
According to police, Ferrell gave the officer a phony name and birth date.
The car was stolen in Lincoln, and police there suspected Ferrell and Chacon of the theft. The vehicle was towed and impounded.
Both Chacon and Ferrell were charged with felony possession of stolen property. Ferrell was also charged with obstruction and criminal impersonation for providing the false name and birth date to the police. He is in jail, held on $10,000 bond.