Oak Lawn’s police detectives recently busted two men after witnessing an alleged drug transaction and making the arrest.
Detectives observed a vehicle drive through the Shibui Apartment parking lot at 9720 S. Pulaski. After the vehicle stopped, the detectives reported witnessing another man approach the vehicle and pass something into the car.
The driver of the vehicle, latter identified as Nicholas Hopson, allegedly sped out of the parking lot leading the detectives to follow onto 99th Street, to Keeler to 103rd Street. Hopson allegedly signaled to turn left but turned right into the heavy traffic where shortly thereafter the detectives were able to stop the car near 102nd and Kenneth.
Detectives reported seeing the passenger, Timonthy Winkleman, moving his lower body around and reaching down between his legs near the floorboard of the vehicle.
Winkleman was asked to exit the vehicle and an emergency safety pat down for weapons was undertaken. Winkleman allegedly voluntarily told the detective that he had a hypodermic syringe in his pocket. Detectives also claimed that they found three packages labeled “suboxone” in his pocket.
According to the American Addiction Centers, Suboxone is supposed to be used as a component of a drug abuse treatment program. However, according to the American Addiction Centers, Suboxone may be abused by individuals battling addiction to a short-acting opioid drug like heroin, by using it in between doses to keep withdrawal symptoms from occurring.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), over 2.5 million Americans struggle with substance abuse disorders related to opioid drugs, both prescription painkillers and heroin.
Winkelman allegedly told the detectives that he had a prescription at home for the Suboxone. Winkelman allegedly told the detective he was using Suboxone to “get off of heroin”.
Hopson allegedly told the police he didn’t have a license in his possession. One detective observed a packaged strip of Suboxone in the cupholder and asked who it belonged to, Hopson or Winkleman. Hopson allegedly told the detectives that he had just purchased the Suboxone in the parking lot for $10. He also allegedly told the police that there was a “kit” in the trunk. The detectives reported that they found three tightly folded tinfoil packets containing what they believed to be heroin. Hopson allegedly told the detectives the substance was heroin.
Hopson, a 37 year old white male, provided a Beecher address to the police. He was charged with possession of two controlled substances, heroin and suboxone. Winkleman, a 37 year old white male, provided an Alsip address to the police. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, suboxone. He was also charged with a misdemeanor of possession of drug equipment.
The drug possession charges are felonies and each man was transported to Bridgeview for a bond hearing. A $200,000 bond was set for Winkleman, who at last check was in custody at Cook County Jail. His court date is October 5, 2017. No information was available regarding the amount of Hopson’s bond. He is not currently in custody.