MPs seize 1.1 ounces of black tar heroin

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STANFORD – A woman has been arrested on drug-related charges after deputies allegedly found her in possession of “black tar” heroin.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a call on Jan. 5 about a silver 1998 Toyota Camry operating recklessly on U.S. Route 27 south.

Deputy ERIC Davidson carried out a traffic stop around 8:51 p.m. and observed the driver, Lynthia Dowdy, 62, of Somerset, “leaning into the vehicle”, according to the arrest citation.

Dowdy consented to a search of the vehicle and his person.

“When asked if she had anything in her pockets, Davidson observed a bag hanging inside the pocket,” the arrest citation reads. “She said it was heroin.”

Dowdy handed the heroin to Davidson.

K9 Sergeant. Michael Mullins arrived at the scene and examined the substance which he said was black in color and “appeared to be black tar heroin”.

‘Black tar’ heroin is the result of crude processing methods that leave behind impurities and make the substance ‘sticky as roofing tar’ or ‘hard as coal’, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse .

Deputies seized approximately 1.1 ounces of “black tar” heroin from Dowdy’s pockets.

“Also in the vehicle was money in various denominations, some had rubber bands around them,” the arrest citation reads.

Dowdy was told of her Miranda rights but “didn’t want to talk”, according to deputies.

She was placed under arrest by K9 Sgt. Michael Mullins and housed in the Pulaski County Detention Center on reckless driving charges; unilluminated rear license plate; license to possess and traffic in a controlled substance (heroin).

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