Two men were arrested July 20 after they were found allegedly using heroin in a school zone.
Sweetwater Police Officer Jarren Turpeinen said he was on routine patrol in the area of Broad Street a few minutes after 8 p.m. when he saw two men parked in a truck in front of the elementary school.
Turpeinen said he recognized the driver as Nicholas Giles as he had taken out warrants on Giles for possession of Heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia on July 6.
Turpeinen said he asked Giles to get out of the truck and he took him into custody and asked if he had anything illegal on him. Giles said he had a syringe in his right pocket and Turpeinen retrieved it.
Turpeinen then told Giles he was going to search the truck and asked if he was OK with that and Giles said he was because there wasn’t anything illegal in the truck.
The other person in the truck, Turpeinen said, identified as Joshua Nelson, had also exited the truck.
When Turpeinen searched the vehicle he reportedly found a small yellow and clear baggie behind the seat in the middle area that contained a small amount of a brown, powdery substance believed to be heroin.
With the location being accessible to both men, Turpeinen asked them about it and both denied knowing anything about it.
Turpeinen continued his search and found burnt tin foil laying in the passenger side floor board. He picked the foil up and a powdery substance began to fall out. He fully opened the tin foil and found more of the substance, which appeared to be Heroin.
Turpeinen said the tinfoil was warm to the touch, indicating the men had been warming it up to inject. When asked about it, both men denied knowing anything about it.
Both Nelson, 28, McCaslin Avenue, Sweetwater, and Giles, 27, Monroe Street, Sweetwater, were charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin in a drug free school zone.