Heroin found in Silver Lake traffic stop
BY STACI WILSON
A Friendsville man faces drug trafficking charges after police found heroin stashed in hidden compartments in his vehicle during a July 11 traffic stop on Rt. 167 in Silver Lake Twp.
Casey Birchard, 21, was charged by Silver Lake Police Chief Timothy Burgh with possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered; manufacture, delivery, possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver; and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the affidavit filed in Montrose District Court last week, Birchard was a passenger in the vehicle when it was pulled over by police.
Burgh called for backup from Montrose police after he noticed a lot of movement in the vehicle following the stop, according to the affidavit.
Birchard consented to a search; Montrose police found a syringe and drug paraphernalia in the man’s pocket; and Silver Lake police spotted a bag containing drug paraphernalia on the floor in the back of the vehicle.
According to police, Birchard also advised them that drugs were located under the cup holder in the car’s center console. During the search, hidden compartments were also found in the vehicle.
Sheriff Deputy Michele Hillard and K-9 officer Cash also responded to the scene.
The narcotics trained K-9 alerted to the passenger seat. Birchard’s wallet was then searched and police found seven packets of heroin mixed in with a large sum of cash.
In addition to the seven packets of narcotics, the search also yielded eight partially empty packets of heroin; two pipes; syringes and other drug paraphernalia.
A preliminary hearing for Birchard has been scheduled for Aug. 12 in front of District Judge Jeffrey Hollister.