It took a couple of weeks, but a Madisonville man has been charged in connection with the alleged selling of Heroin in Sweetwater.

Sweetwater Police Officer Kelvin Franco said it was on Dec. 8, just before 10 p.m., when he saw a truck with a non-working brake light and pulled it over on New Highway 68.

Franco identified the driver as Michael Arden and asked if he could search the truck. Arden said he could, but said there wasn’t anything illegal in it, though he did say there was a scale for coins in his backpack.

Franco asked if he could search the backpack and Arden said he could and Franco found the scale along with multiple baggies, aluminum foil wraps and razor blades, which Franco said were items more commonly associated with packaging narcotics, not coins.

Franco said Arden did have coins in the truck, but none of them were wrapped or packaged.

Franco said another officer asked Arden what was in his pockets and Arden said all he had was an empty container and a pack of cigarettes. Arden said the container was empty, but the officer found one side of it contained a gray powder substance believed to be Heroin wrapped in plastic.

Arden said when he picked up the container, it was empty.

Franco said Arden had a medical emergency on the way to jail and was released to EMS, but on Dec. 22, Arden, 37, Belcher Road, Madisonville, was charged with possession of Heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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