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April 3, 2014

Traffic stop results in drug charges

NEW CASTLE — An Edinburg man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop in Shenango Township.

Shenango Township police pulled over Mark Anthony Ortiz, 28, of 2678 Benjamin Franklin Highway, around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday on East Washington Street for having an expired registration tag on the blue Cadillac Deville he was driving.

While talking to Ortiz, the officer said, he spotted a plastic bag containing what appeared to be drugs on the driver’s side floor. He said Ortiz allowed him to search the car with his police canine.

Upon searching Ortiz, police said, they found in his waistband and pockets: a capped needle loaded with suspected heroin, a digital scale, two empty stamp bags made from folded lottery paper, clear plastic bags of suspected heroin and cocaine, $220, a metal spoon, nine plastic syringe caps, 10 Q-tips, a red butane lighter, two empty syringes, a plastic syringe plunger and six pieces of lottery paper.

A clear plastic bag on the driver’s side floor field tested positive for cocaine, the officer reported.

Ortiz is charged with one count each of possession with intent to deliver and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

He was arraigned Wednesday morning before District Judge David B. Rishel, who set his bond at $5,000.

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