NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Two people were arrested in Niles after police received a call about a suspicious vehicle near the Heaton House Apartments.
A caller reported that a man and a woman were panhandling and tossing trash from the car in the parking lot on North Road.
Officers arrived just after midnight Tuesday after found 34-year-old Marci Cook and 22-year-old Solomon Cindea in the car. Cook told police that they were just sitting in the parking lot eating food.
An officer noted in a police report, however, that Cook and Cindea had thrown their trash outside of the car. The officer also noted that Cindea had a syringe in his hand.
A search revealed that Cook was carrying a loaded 9mm pistol although she doesn’t have a concealed carry permit, according to police. Investigators reported that she also had a glass pipe and unidentified pills in her pocket.
Police said multiple pills were also found in the vehicle, as well as a piece of chore boy and white substance. The substance was sent in for testing.
Cook was taken to Trumbull County Jail on a carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.
Cindea was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and released at the scene.