Tip leads to heroin bust in Ohio

Left to right- Lange, Pulfer, and Rodrigues' mug shot (Photo Courtesy Mercer County Sheriff's Department)

MERCER COUNTY, Ohio (WANE )  Three people were arrested on drug related charges after police said they found 25 possible heroin capsules during an investigation. Police received a tip that the group had been allegedly transporting drugs from Dayton to Mercer County.

Photo courtesy Mercer County Sheriff's Department
Photo courtesy Mercer County Sheriff’s Department

According to the police report, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department arrested the three, who have had previous run-ins with police.

“All three of these individuals have been in the system before, while we have to find a way to break the cycle of addiction, we will not have tolerance for those bringing drugs into our community,” sheriff with Mercer County, Jeff Grey said.

Deputies said they noticed the suspected vehicle stopped at 8 p.m. Wednesday in a supermarket parking lot in Coldwater, Ohio. Police pulled over the driver, Danielle M. Pulfer, 21, from Spencerville for a traffic violation. As police were investigating the passengers, they found syringes and capsules filled with what they believe were heroin.

Police then arrested Pulfer and her passengers, Aaron L. Rodriguez, 23, from Celina and Aaron R. Lange, 23, from Celina.

Police said Rodriguez had two syringes and other drugs paraphernalia found on him. Lange was arrested for possession of heroin. Lange was found with what police believe were 24 capsules of heroin. He was also arrested and charged with resisting arrest.

Deputies said they found an additional suspected capsule of heroin inside the vehicle. Police seized the vehicle, which is a 2006 Pontiac owned by Pulfer’s mother.

Pulfer is already facing two previous felony indictments for trafficking in drugs. Rodriguez was also facing existing charges for drug trafficking, possession of heroin and failure to appear in court.

“It is critically important that the public continue to assist us with information. Tips given to the Sheriff’s Office or your local police department are a great help in combating the problem,” Sheriff Grey said

All three were transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention facility and incarcerated. Deputies requested assistance on the stop from Coldwater Police Department.

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