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Man led police to heroin he hid at Walmart

Suspect helps locate drug in dress pants after K-9 fails to find it

By RICK STILLION GateHouse Ohio Media Published: April 15, 2017 4:00 AM
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CAMBRIDGE -- A man incarcerated in the Guernsey County Jail showed his concern for others Thursday when he led Cambridge police officers to suspected heroin he had stashed inside a pair of pants at a Walmart where he had been arrested earlier this month.

Joseph E. Galbreath, 27, of Cambridge is facing one count each of obstructing official business and resisting arrest when he goes to trial on April 24 in Cambridge Municipal Court.

But that didn't stop him from leading officers to the suspected heroin after first alerting his mother about the hidden drug.

According to Cambridge police reports, a Walmart manager called the officer at about 5:33 p.m. Thursday to request that a police K-9 check the men's clothing department for possible narcotics left there when Galbreath was arrested on April 7 following a brief foot pursuit inside the store.

Police said the manager said he received a call from Galbreath's mother who said her son told her he stashed the drug inside a pair of blue jeans just prior to being arrested.

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Patrolman Jarod Eubanks and K-9 Breeze conducted an open air "sniff" in the areas where jeans are located but were unable to locate the heroin.

Officers then asked Galbreath if he would show them where he stashed the suspected heroin and he agreed to the request.

Police took him to the store and he led them to a rack of dress pants. Officers checked the pockets of the pants and found the plastic bag containing the suspected heroin in the pocket of a pair of khaki pants.

Galbreath reportedly confirmed the plastic bag was what he hid in the pants to conceal it from officers.

The drug was seized and will be sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation for testing.

Galbreath was taken back to jail.

In addition to the pending trial, Galbreath is scheduled to be sentenced for possession of marijuana found by police when he was arrested on April 7. He previously pleaded guilty to the minor misdemeanor charge.

The case regarding the suspected heroin was forwarded to the detective bureau for consideration of possible felony charges.

The incident remained under investigation by Cambridge police.


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