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A 27-year-old Barnhart man was arrested for alleged possession of heroin during a traffic stop in Arnold. The man was arrested at about 1:30 p.m. June 19 on I-55 near Meramec Bottom Road, Arnold Police reported.

An Arnold Police officer stopped the man because he was driving a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder that had heavy damage to its front end and was missing its front bumper. During the stop, the officer discovered that St. Louis Police had reported the Nissan had left the scene of an accident. In addition, the man allegedly was driving with a revoked driver’s license, the report said.

After the man was arrested for those offenses, he refused to allow the officer to search the SUV. However, a police dog was brought to the scene and alerted officers to the possible presence of drugs in the vehicle. When officers searched the SUV, they allegedly found a substance believed to be heroin and drug paraphernalia under the driver’s seat, according to the report.

The man was taken to the Police Station, where he was booked and after St. Louis Police were notified of his arrest, the suspect was released pending application for warrants. Depending on the drug analysis, Arnold Police will seek charges against the man through the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and driving with a revoked driver’s license, Capt. Rich Shular said.

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