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Suspect's 'smarter than you' comment leads Warren police to heroin stash

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WARREN, Ohio -

A Brookfield man stopped by Warren police for allegedly rolling a stop sign now faces multiple drug-related charges. 

Officers stopped 26-year-old Martin Halstead on Aug. 7 after they observed a black Jeep rolling a stop sign at the intersection of Northfield Avenue and Norwood Street in Warren. 

According to police reports, Halstead became argumentative and insisted he came to a complete stop.

He also reportedly told officers he did not have his driver's license on him and wasn't giving them his Social Security Number because he had done nothing wrong. 

Halstead, who was handcuffed for not disclosing his identity, allegedly claimed, "I will have this ticket thrown out once I talk to Judge Gysegum."

A police report says his vehicle was towed and Halstead was released after being issued citations for his traffic violations. 

At that point, a police report says Halstead allegedly told police, "I am smarter than you and I got away with it" as he was walking away from the scene.

Officers say they found this comment odd and began re-examining the surrounding area. 

Investigators then located a bag containing 6 bindles of suspected heroin, one baggy tip of suspected heroin and one rock of crack cocaine. These suspected drugs were all packaged for sale, according to a police report.  

Halstead was brought back to the scene where officers reviewed footage from their cruiser.

The footage reportedly showed a plastic bag being thrown from the car, but Halstead maintained that he was innocent, insisting that officers had planted the drugs at the scene. 

Halstead was booked into the Trumbull County Jail on several criminal charges. He is expected to appear in court again on Oct. 19.

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