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Law Director: Suspect crushing drugs in cruiser created "toxic" environment for Youngstown cop

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Youngstown's Law Director says a suspect accused of acting erratically and hiding drugs in the spaces of his teeth is now facing charges for creating a threat to police. 

Thirty-six-year-old William Cupan is now facing one felony charge of assault on a peace officer. 

Cupan was arrested on February 12th, after police say neighbors on Willis Avenue called 911 alleging that Cupan was outside "trying to fight the snow". 

Officers say that when they got on the scene they found Willis stumbling from the sidewalk into the street, sweating, and acting erratically. 

According to the report, officers patted Cupan down and felt an object in his pocket. Cupan allegedly told officers that they could go ahead an search his pockets. 

Authorities say an officer pulled a crack pipe out of Cupan's pocket, at which point he allegedly said: "Oh, I forgot that was in there man". 

The report says Cupan eventually admitted that he was hoping to meet a guy and trade the shoes for crack cocaine. 

Cupan allegedly told police that he was "on a cocktail of Klonopin, alcohol, and crack cocaine". Police say drug tests came back positive for cocaine and opiates. 

A report says that while they were driving to the Mahoning County Jail the police officer noticed Cupan rocking back and forth and kicking his feet. The officer said he assumed Cupan was "experiencing restlessness and jitters" because of his drug intake. 

But as an officer pulled him out of the cruiser, the report says there was a white powder and crumbs on the floorboards, seat, and all around Cupan. 

Police say Cupan stated that he had eaten crack cocaine and "hidden it in the crevices where he had lost teeth". 

Officers say that after Cupan had been taken out of the car he continued to grind his foot along the floor of the jail. An officer reportedly lifted Cupan's foot and found a large bag of a "white crumbly substance". 

The police report says Cupan admitted that it was heroin.

Because there was allegedly a large amount of the white powder on Cupan's back, arms, hands, and buttocks, the jail would not book him without a medical exam. 

However, Law Director Jeff Limbian said because Cupan ground the drugs into the cruiser floor it became airborne. 

Limbian said that the airborne drugs created a "toxic" environment for the officer.  

Cupan is now facing a felony charge in Youngstown Municipal Court, as well as the initial charges of possession of drugs, tampering with evidence, and illegally conveying drugs into a detention facility, which have been forwarded to a Mahoning County Grand Jury for consideration. 

Cupan was in trouble last year in Brookfield when a parole officer called Brookfield Police after finding what police described at "numerous syringes and spoons" in the bedroom where the couple was staying with a four-month-old baby.

Trumbull County Children's Services removed the baby from the home.

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