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A 41-year-old St. Louis man was arrested for alleged possession of fentanyl and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop in Eureka. The man was pulled over on Six Flags Road near Fifth Street because the license plates on the car were expired and registered to a different vehicle, Eureka Police reported.

The man, who was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, was stopped at about 11:35 p.m. March 30 and reportedly told the officer the plates belonged to a Saturn he owned. The suspect also allegedly said he hadn’t properly registered the Malibu and didn’t have insurance, the report said.

In addition, the suspect was wanted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for a traffic violation. He was arrested and reportedly told the officer there was a used syringe in the Malibu and helped the police locate the needle. The suspect also allegedly said he was a “junkie,” according to the report.

Officers searched the Malibu and allegedly found a used syringe in the driver-side electrical panel near the gas pedal; pink and gray capsules containing what appeared to be fentanyl on the driver-side floorboard; and two other used syringes and more capsules that appeared to contain fentanyl in the center console, the report said.

The man was taken to the Police Station, where he was booked and released pending application for warrants. Depending on results of the drug analysis, Eureka Police will seek charges against the man through the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possession of a controlled substance, driving with a revoked license, driving without insurance and displaying license plates of another vehicle, Lt. Michael Werges said.

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