A Fredricktown, Mo., man was charged Monday in Madison County Circuit Court with the felony charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (heroin), according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
Police identified the man as Kenneth M. Curtis, 49, of the 900 block of Marlowe Street.
On Friday, June 6, at 3:20 p.m., a Madison County sheriff’s deputy was approached by a motorist pointing out a vehicle that she saw passing a vehicle in the no passing zone on McKinley Bridge. The deputy followed the vehicle to the area of Poplar Street in Granite City, where he witnessed the driver fail to properly use a turn signal. The deputy stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Kenneth M. Curtis. Curtis admitting to passing a vehicle on the bridge, telling the deputy there was no oncoming traffic, and the vehicle he passed was going 15 miles per hour.
The deputy determined Curtis was on parole in Missouri. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a sunglasses case containing syringes, a spoon and heroin. Curtis was arrested 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 issued by Judge Neil Schroeder, who set Curtis’ bond at $15,000. Curtis also was charged with misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.