NEW CASTLE —
Two people are facing a string of drug-related charges after they were arrested during a surveillance traffic stop.
New Castle police have charged Nila Sims, 26, of 1216 Huron Ave. and Matthew Joseph Clavelli, 28, of 139 E. Leasure Ave. as a result of the stop, which occurred around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
The police street crimes unit members reported that they were observing Clavelli’s house after having received numerous narcotics complaints about it. A black Jeep pulled into the driveway for a few minutes and a man got out and went into the house, then got into the passenger side, they reported.
Officers followed the car and saw it stop in the intersection of Highland and Park avenues. It continued into the downtown and police pulled it over on Croton Avenue near North Street.
Sims was the driver and Clavelli was the passenger, police said, and the officer saw Sims reach around to the back seat several times, according to reports.
An officer noticed a digital scale with white residue was on the floor of the passenger side. A drug-sniffing canine indicated the presence of drugs on the driver’s and passenger’s doors.
Police arrested both occupants and found Clavelli to have $379 in cash and Sims with $387 in her purse.
They were released, and police obtained a search warrant and impounded the Jeep. They confiscated the scale, along with two stamp bags of suspected heroin from between the center console and front seat.
Sims was arrested when she went to retrieve her Jeep. Police arrested Clavelli on the felony drug charges in the parking lot of a service station on Highland Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Saturday when they saw him getting into a silver Jeep.
The police also detained another occupant of that Jeep, who allegedly had heroin, empty stamp bags and a tourniquet among the items in her book bag. Charges are pending against her, according to reports.
Both Clavelli and Sims are charged with conspiracy for possession of heroin, possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia.
They were arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who set their bonds at $25,000 each.
Clavelli was additionally charged Monday with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver, possession and driving while his license is suspended.
Amodie set his bond for those alleged offenses at another $25,000.
Clavelli also is awaiting trial for other drug charges filed against him in late February after police, having received many complaints from the neighborhood, served a search warrant at his house. At that time they allegedly found more than six grams of heroin, most of it pure.