Police: Local Man Caught With Container Filled With Meth Following Traffic Stop in Sykesville Borough

SYKESVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A local man reportedly tried to plead his innocence after a container of methamphetamine was discovered by his feet in the back of a patrol car while he was being transported to the Jefferson County Jail.

According to court documents, the Sykesville Borough Police Department arrested 62-year-old Merlin R. Loomis Jr., of Reynoldsville, in Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana’s office on February 7.

According to a criminal complaint, Sykesville Borough Police Officer Earl Campbell observed a motorcycle with an expired registration parked at a gas pump on East Main Street in Sykesville Borough, Jefferson County, around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 5.

Officer Campbell waited for the driver, who was known to police due to previous traffic stops. The driver—identified as Merlin Loomis—came out of the store and proceeded to travel north, which is the fastest way to his residence on Sykesville School Road in Reynoldsville, the complaint states.

At first, Loomis had his turn signal on to turn left, but he noticed police and decided to turn right. This was the direction where Loomis would not have to drive past the police cruiser to proceed onto the highway of State Route 119. Officer Campbell then conducted a traffic stop, the complaint indicates.

Officer Campbell took Loomis into custody on an active arrest warrant issued by the Clearfield Sheriff’s Office; Officer Campbell was asked to transport Loomis to the Jefferson County Jail.

While on the road, Officer Campbell heard Loomis making noises, like he was struggling with something. He asked Loomis if he was alright, and he said he was. However, Officer Campbell later heard a noise that he described as a metal chain hitting the hard plastic seat in the back of the police cruiser, the complaint notes.

Once at the jail, Officer Campbell opened the door and let Loomis out of the car. When helping Loomis out of the car, Officer Campbell notice a silver chain with a small cylindrical container attached to it lying on the floor. Officer Campbell then shut the car door and waited for backup, the complaint states.

Officers went back to the cruiser and opened the container in front of Loomis. Inside the metal container was a clear plastic bag wrapped around itself. Inside the bag was a white and clear glass-like substance, suspected to be methamphetamine, the complaint indicates.

Loomis told police that he had “no idea what it (the suspected meth) was,” the complaint notes.

Officer Campbell administered a Narcotics Identification Kit and weighed the suspected methamphetamine, which tested positive and weighed 3.5 grams, according to the complaint.

Court records show Loomis was charged with the following:

  • Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
  • Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
  • Driving Unregistered Vehicle, Summary
  • Operating Vehicle W/O Valid Inspection, Summary

A preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday, February 27, at 10:00 a.m. with Judge Inzana presiding.

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