A speeding ticket led to a drug-related arrest earlier this month in Ocean View.
On Aug. 12, around 10 p.m., an Ocean View police officer stopped a motorcycle because the driver was allegedly driving at 76 mph in a posted 45 mph zone on Beaver Dam Road.
After stopping Ian R. McIntyre, 38, of Ocean View, police said, the officer discovered that the motorcycle was allegedly not registered and that the tags on the motorcycle were allegedly fictitious.
The Ocean View Police Department’s K-9 team was called to the scene, and the canine officer Hardy searched for narcotics.
“When we’re working and have the K-9 available, we try to scan as many cars as possible,” OVPD Sgt. Rhys Bradshaw said. “It’s just a tool that we use, that we have in our pocket, to try to deter drug use and drug transportation in our town.”
K-9 Hardy’s search uncovered suspected heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy.
Bradshaw noted that the department describes the drugs as “suspected” because it no longer conducts field testing on suspected narcotics.
“From our training experience — if it’s packaged like heroin, it looks like heroin, it’s probably heroin.
“We don’t do any testing of drugs anymore because of safety reasons. Due to the fentanyl and carfentanyl, there have been a lot of cases of officers being exposed to this stuff and having to Narcan themselves,” he said, adding that the department even carries the overdose-reversing medication Narcan for K-9 Hardy. “They were sent to state medical examiner to do the official testing, because they have all the safety precautions, which we don’t have.”
As for the suspected drugs themselves, Bradshaw said that, while heroin is commonly seen in the town and surrounding areas, meth is a rarity.
“We see ecstasy quite a bit,” said Bradshaw. “We don’t see meth that much. We probably have had only a handful of meth arrests in the past few years. It’s, honestly, a drug we don’t often see in our area.”
Police charged McIntyre with three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, failure to have insurance, unauthorized use of registration plates, expired registration and speeding. He was released on $2,250 unsecured bail pending a Court of Common Pleas appearance scheduled for Aug. 31.