A Mechanicsburg man was arrested on a felony drug charge Saturday night just after 9 o’clock.
The Logan County Sheriff K9 Unit observed a black Chevy on Route 68 with an excessively dark window tint.
Authorities caught up with the suspect vehicle when it turned into the Green Hills Community.
A traffic stop was initiated.
Deputies asked the driver, identified as Joshua Toney, 35, why he pulled into the retirement home and Toney replied he was turning around.
While speaking with him, Toney never made eye contact with authorities, his speech was slurred and he made very little movement.
He was asked to exit and he complied.
Authorities learned Toney’s license was suspended. He also had an active warrant for his arrest out of Champaign County for contempt of court.
K9 Thor was deployed and alerted on the vehicle.
Toney was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and he stated “there was some marijuana in the car the other day, that’s probably what he’s smelling.”
He was advised Thor is a felony-only narcotics canine, and Toney then replied that he did not know what was in the vehicle.
A probable cause search was conducted and deputies recovered a black digital scale inside a shoe on the backseat floorboard. An L&M cigarette carton was found under the center console with three individually packaged clear baggies. The first bag contained approximately 56 round orange pills, the second bag had 12 more round orange pills, and the last bag had a white rock-like substance that was suspected cocaine. Unused syringes, heroin syringe filters, and a used syringe were located in the trunk.
A MOBILEDETECT test was conducted on the scene. The suspected cocaine was confirmed, and the 68 round orange pills were identified as “Alprazolam 0.5mg” which is a schedule IV controlled substance.
Toney was placed under arrest and lodged in the Logan County Jail.
On Sunday afternoon, Toney was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital for medical treatment from a drug detox.