Boardman traffic stop leads to drug and weapon arrest
Township police arrested a man Saturday for possessing drug abuse instruments, illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in drugs and having weapons while under disability after finding weapons and large amounts of drugs in his car following a routine traffic stop.
Michael Rosa, 28, of Saddlebrook Drive, was pulled over Friday because he did not have a visible license plate on his vehicle.
After searching Rosa's plate number in a database for driver's licenses and criminal history records, the township officer discovered an active warrant with full extradition through the U.S. Marshals Service for selling heroin that resulted in a death.
Rosa was then placed under arrest for that offense, after which Township police searched his car and found two used hypodermic needles, 52 grams of heroin, a digital scale, 13 laser 45 caliber rounds, and a buprenorphine hydrochloride pill. They also found a backpack containing a plastic bag with 10 unused hypodermic needles, plastic baggies, a box with three pocket knives, and three hypodermic needle caps, a third glass pipe with meth reside, yellow candy in a plastic bag (suspected of containing drugs), two bags containing ammunition, and an unloaded handgun.
Officers found a locked blue suitcase in the trunk, for which a search warrant is pending.
During the search of the vehicle, Rosa had difficulty breathing and had to be taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.
After being discharged from the hospital, Rosa was charged with the offenses related to the vehicle search.
The drug trafficking charge is a felony offense.