SOLON -- Just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, a police K9 sniffed out heroin in couple's car after they are stopped eastbound on state Route 422 for having an unreadable license plate.
Police pulled the car over and as the officer approached the car, he noticed that the front seat passenger was very fidgety and she could not sit still.
The couple was told that a police K9 would be taken around the outside of the car while they waited inside and, while the officer was retrieving the K9 from his cruiser, the back-up officer noticed the driver making movements with his hands in the area of the center console, despite being told to keep his hands on the steering wheel.
The driver stated that he had dropped his phone but when he was asked if he had any weapons in the car, he produced a folding knife from the right side of his body that he unfolded for the officer.
The knife was secured by the officer and the K9 alerted on the front passenger's and driver's side doors.
Two used hypodermic syringes and a spoon in plastic with a tan colored cotton ball were discovered in the car.
Joseph M. Deaton, 29, of Cleveland, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, possessing drug paraphernalia, and possessing drug abuse instruments.
Christine Marie Neola, 29, of Cleveland, was arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia and possessing drug abuse instruments.
The residue in the syringes and on the spoon field tested positive for heroin. Both were taken to jail.