EDWARDSVILLE — An Edwardsville man was charged Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (heroin), according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to an Illinois State Police emergency radio network broadcast at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, of possible intoxicated driving near High Pointe Drive in Edwardsville. The vehicle description and registration number was provided by a citizen who reportedly was following the vehicle. A sheriff’s deputy located the vehicle parked and running in the 300 block of High Pointe Drive.
The deputy approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who was asleep behind the wheel. The driver was identified as Steve S. Ferron, 25, of the 800 block of Hale Avenue. Ferron reportedly dropped a friend off at a nearby residence and fell asleep. The deputy made several observations while talking to Ferron, which made him suspect Ferron was possible under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance. The deputy requested Ferron submit to field sobriety test. Ferron cooperated and passed the field sobriety test. While conducting the test, the deputy witnessed Ferron drop a clear bag containing multiple pills and capsules.
The deputy seized the clear bag and identified the contents of the capsules as heroin. Ferron was taken into custody and transported to the Madison County Jail, where he was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The felony warrant and information was signed and issued by Judge Richard Tognarelli, who set Ferron’s bond at $15,000.