Saline police seized cash and what they suspect was marijuana and crack cocaine from a 33-year-old Ypsilanti man driving in Saline on Jan. 1. Police believe the man was dealing drugs.
Officers were operating radar on North Ann Arbor Street when they tracked a 2001 Chevy Impala going as fast as 43 mph in a 25-mph zone. Police caught up and flashed emergency lights and the driver stopped near the corner of South Ann Arbor and Henry streets. After the driver refused several requests to provide his license, registration and insurance, police called for backup. The driver was ordered from his vehicle and arrested.
Police determines the man’s identity from prescription bottles and an ID card found in the vehicle. He did not possess a valid license and had twice been convicted for driving with a suspended license. According to the police report, his vehicle’s license plate was temporary. No proof of insurance was found in the car.
During the search police found two bags of what they suspected was crack cocaine. Police also found bags containing what they believe is marijuana. The items, along with other paraphernalia, were seized. The drugs were sent to the Michigan State Police crime lab for testing. The car was impounded by America One.
At the Saline Police Department the man was allegedly uncooperative and at one point told an officer “Take that badge off and I’ll beat your ass.”
He was transported to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for a blood draw.
Upon return to the SPD the suspect refused to be fingerprinted.
Police suspect the man was dealing drugs for several reasons listed in the report. Of $315 in his pocket, $185 was in $5 bills. The man also told police he’d just been paid. Later in the evening he told police he did not have a job, according to the report. Because police believe the man dealt drugs they used forfeiture laws to seize the cash.
Charges are pending the results of the crime lab analysis.