POINT PLEASANT — Two people from Detroit, Mich. were recently arrested and charged with allegedly possessing and attempting to sell heroin, with deputies confiscating over $10,000 in cash as a result of the arrests.
Bashiri D. McDaniel, 35, and Teresa D. Steele, 32, both of Detroit, were arrested last weekend by personnel with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department. Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver with their bonds set at $50,000 each in Mason County Magistrate Court.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, the sheriff’s department received a complaint about a possible odor of marijuana coming from a van in the shopping center parking lot on Third St. in Point Pleasant. An officer with the sheriff’s department made contact with Steele, the passenger in the van. The complaint says the officer asked Steele to step out of the vehicle with Steele telling him the van belonged to “D” who was inside one of the stores in the shopping center for “Western Union.” The complaint says officers then made contact with McDaniel who denied being the driver of the van and told officers he was a passenger as well, with the driver having left the scene.
Upon towing of the vehicle, officers found four to five grams of alleged heroin in individual baggies inside the van. A baggy of alleged marijuana was also found inside the van.
In addition, the Mason County Sheriff’s Department reports a small amount of cash was found in the van while large sums of cash were found on McDaniel and Steele. In all, over $10,000 in cash was found after searching the van and the suspects.
Last weekend’s alleged heroin bust was the third weekend in a row personnel with the Mason Sheriff’s Department made significant arrests resulting in suspects facing drug charges.