Sebring man facing heroin trafficking charge

OKEECHOBEE — A Sebring man is being held on $60,000 bond after he was reportedly found to be in possession of 100 drug tablets, as well as suspected cocaine and heroin.

Tyrone Clayton King

Tyrone Clayton King

Tyrone Clayton King, 33, was arrested Friday, Jan. 1, on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and possession of a controlled substance (heroin) with intent to sell.

King is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail.

The suspected narcotics were found during a search of King’s vehicle after he was stopped by Deputy Matt Crawford, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO). The deputy’s arrest report indicated King was stopped in the 17000 block of U.S. 98 North because the trailer he was pulling did not have a license tag.

According to the report King appeared to be nervous and his answers to questions asked by the deputy were vague. Because of the man’s actions, Deputy Crawford had his K-9 partner, Mick, conduct an exterior sniff of the SUV being driven by King.

Mick, stated the deputy’s report, alerted to the rear door on the passenger side of the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle Deputy Crawford said three sandwich-size bags were found. One of the bags contained suspected cocaine, the second held suspected heroin and the third bag was filled with the unknown tablets, added the deputy.

Tests were done on the alleged cocaine and heroin and those tests indicated positive results for the presence of coke and heroin, stated the deputy.

Deputy Crawford said the pills will be sent to the Indian River Crime Lab in Fort Pierce for analysis.

The suspected coke weighed 15.1 grams, and the suspected heroin also weighed 15.1 grams.

King was also issued two traffic citations — one for driving while license suspended and the second for no license tag.

Besides the suspected drugs, Deputy Crawford stated he also seized two cell phones found inside the vehicle.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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