AUSTINTOWN -- A 22-year-old Youngstown man faces a felony heroin trafficking charge after officers found four packets of the drug after a traffic stop at the Motel 6 on 76 Drive, police said.
Police said Raphael Ortiz of Pearl Street ran from his car around 2 a.m. Saturday, then hit in the face the officer who chased him. Once Ortiz was taken to the ground, the officer found Ortiz lying on two bundles of heroin, and two other bundles were found near the hotel where he had been running to escape police.
Police found a bag containing rice and four chunks of heroin underneath the car and a handgun underneath the passenger seat. The officer had seen Ortiz place the items there.
Ortiz, who had on a bulletproof vest, was carrying $400, according to township police reports.
He also faces charges of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Others facing charges
His passenger, Lamont M. Belcher, 18, of Willis Avenue, faces charges of drug-abuse OxyContin and drug-abuse cocaine after officers found three bags of suspected cocaine and one pill in his pocket, police said.
Carlos A. Flores, 28, of Shehy Street, was arrested on a charge of complicity to trafficking in heroin after police found him in a motel room with wax paper, rubber bands, tape, a scoop and sleeping pills. Police said the room was used by all three men.
Police also confiscated a coffee grinder, sifter and spoon from the driver's seat of the car.