CPD arrests Smyrna pair on drug charges

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Posted 7/23/19

A vehicle that nearly caused an accident when it pulled out in front of a police car yielded a treasure trove of drugs and drug paraphernalia when it was stopped by police on 25th Street and …

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CPD arrests Smyrna pair on drug charges

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A vehicle that nearly caused an accident when it pulled out in front of a police car yielded a treasure trove of drugs and drug paraphernalia when it was stopped by police on 25th Street and Georgetown Road late Friday night.

According to a Cleveland Police Department report, a Nissan sedan pulled out directly in front of the officer’s vehicle on Guthrie Avenue and 25th Street. 

The driver, Michael Gomar, 20, of 524 Almaville Road, Smyrna, denied consent to a search of the vehicle, police said.

Police said Gomar, and another passenger in the vehicle, Joe Richardson, 20, of 208 Mill Lane, Smyrna, “appeared to have glassy, red eyes, as well as slowed, delayed speech.”

The officer deployed his K-9 partner to sniff around the outside of the vehicle. The dog detected marijuana.

While conducting a search of the vehicle, the officer detected a very strong odor of marijuana. In addition, he found brass knuckles and a THC vape pen.

Richardson claimed ownership of the vape pen, according to the report. In addition, Richardson also said the approximately $1,800 in cash discovered in the glove box of the vehicle belonged to him, claiming the money was "tips from his job.”

A black baggie of approximately two grams of marijuana was also discovered inside a shoe in the back seat of the vehicle. Richardson also claimed ownership of the item.

A backpack was also found, which contained a pill bottle belonging to an “Alexander Ward," which contained 20 amphetamine salts pills, a Schedule II narcotic.

According to the police report, Richardson claimed it belonged to his cousin, and "he knew he had them."

Gomar claimed ownership of five Alprazolam pills that were discovered behind the driver's seat.

Also in the backseat was a white duffel-type bag containing an unopened bottle of Crown Royal Regal Apple liquor, as well as a half full bottle of tequila. 

He claimed ownership of the Crown Royal, but stated the tequila belonged to Richardson, according to the report. 

The officer noted that Gomar’s speech became increasingly slurred during the traffic stop. 

Gomar consented to a field sobriety test, according to the report. He was unable to follow directions or maintain balance during the procedure, police said.

He was then arrested and advised of his Miranda rights. He also refused to provide a blood sample. However, he did admit to smoking marijuana two hours prior to the encounter with the officer, according to the report.

The officer asked Gomar if he felt like he was high. According to the CPD report, he replied, "I guess so." 

Gomar was charged with simple possession/casual exchange, possession/purchase of liquor by a minor and DUI.

Richardson was charged with Schedule II drug violations, Schedule IV drug violations and possession/purchase of liquor by/for a minor.

Gomar and Richardson were arrested and transported to the Bradley County Jail.

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