Man claims drugs are ‘salt,’ invites deputy to taste test

Published 11:11 am Monday, August 17, 2020

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A Lancaster man was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 14 after Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies pulled him over and allegedly found him in possession of narcotics.

John Quinn, 37, of Lancaster, was arrested on several drug-related charges, following a traffic stop by Lincoln County Sheriff’s K9 Deputy Michael Mullins.

According to the arrest citation, Mullins conducted a traffic stop on U.S. 27 North at about 1:57 a.m. on Aug. 14 for verification of proof of insurance.

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Quinn, who was a passenger located behind the driver, was allegedly “exhibiting nervous behavior.” The driver gave consent for deputies to search the vehicle and Quinn gave consent for them to search him.

“In his front pant pocket was a clear baggy with a yellow baggy inside that contained a white substance,” the citation states. “Above (Quinn) stated (it) was salt. He advised me to taste it to test it, I declined.”

Quinn also had a “small spoon with grayish residue on it as well as a cut down straw.”

When deputies searched the vehicle, the back seat where Quinn was sitting was allegedly “bent up” and a clear bag was found under the front of the rear seat, directly where Quinn was sitting.

“(The) bag contained a glass jar with white, crystal substance, three foil packs that contained a grayish substance that resembled heroin, a folded receipt with a tanish-white substance, a folded foil with two Suboxone pills inside and a baggy with a fine, white substance,” the citation states. “No one else was in the rear of the car.”

Quinn allegedly told deputies he “does ICE and nothing else” and denied ownership of the suspected drugs.

He was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified) possession of a controlled substance (heroin); possession of a controlled substance (opiates); and possession of drug paraphernalia.