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Pacific County man charged with drug crimes

October 5, 2012

47 year old Michael Lewis of Ocean Park was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, possession of heroin and use of drug paraphernalia following his jury trial.

Lewis was arrested August 9 following a routine traffic stop. Officers were told that Lewis had outstanding arrest warrants out of in Oregon and saw him and a female passenger driving in the Long Beach area. Lewis had been the subject of an on-going narcotic investigation conducted by the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, who were called to the traffic stop. Officers obtained a search warrant and located methamphetamine, heroin, hypodermic needles, baggies and a scale inside a camera bag between the driver and passenger seat.

At trial, Lewis asserted that the camera bag belonged to his female passenger, who had also been charged with the offense. “While two people can be guilty of possessing a controlled substance which is in the same car and area as both occupants, it was clear from the products in the camera bag that it was Mr. Lewis’s,” said Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mark McClain.

Pacific County Deputy Sheriff Scott Ferguson testified that among the items in the camera bag were “male hygiene products, an electric razor and an over-the-counter male enhancement pill called ‘Hard as Steel’.”
Lewis is scheduled to be sentenced on October 12 and faces between five and ten years in prison.

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