OC man charged after suspected drugs found in vehicle

An Oil City man is facing charges after suspected drugs and paraphernalia were found in his vehicle.

Franklin state police said in a criminal complaint they pulled over a red Chevrolet registered in part to Tyler Hutchinson, 32, at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on Manning Street in Oil City.

The vehicle was in a parking lot when Hutchinson entered the lot and got in the vehicle, and the car sat for about 10 more minutes until a female entered the vehicle, then the car left the lot and turned north on Plummer Street, the complaint said.

Police initiated a traffic stop after the vehicle turned left on Manning without a proper signal, and while talking to Hutchinson and his passenger, troopers observed a glass smoking pipe containing suspected drug residue in the passenger door, the complaint said.

Troopers asked Hutchinson and his passenger to exit so they could conduct a search of the vehicle, and Hutchinson admitted before the search there was “possibly a needle in a bag” in the front part of the car, and that he had needles containing suspected drug residue on his person, according to the complaint.

Upon searching the vehicle, police found and seized items including 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine, syringes, glass pipes, a scale, bags and other drug paraphernalia containing suspected drug residue, the complaint said.

The complaint said the large amount of suspected drugs and their style of packaging were consistent with possession with intent to deliver.

Hutchinson is facing a felony charge of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, misdemeanor counts of use/possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, and a summary traffic violation.

He was arraigned Friday, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.