A 28-year-old panhandler with a history of assaulting people who don’t give him money was back in jail Monday morning after he refused to leave a store and was found with drugs on him.
An employee of the 7-Eleven at 1305 Herndon Road called police at 8:36 a.m. to report that Johnathan Hadley of Ceres habitually stands outside the store begging for money and refused to leave.
Officer Jeremy Caron arrived and knew Hadley was on felony probation for several prior felonies. Hadley, who has been caught with hypodermic needles on prior police contacts and on probation, was asked if he had anything on that he was not supposed to have. Hadley stated he was in possession of two needles that were not used which he just bought for $5. A search produced one hypodermic needle and the bottom piece of an aluminum can which appeared to be used for heating up heroin into a liquid form so it can be inserted into a hypodermic syringe and then injected.
Hadley admitted to the items being his but did not think he should be arrested for possessing the hypodermic needle because it had not been used yet. Hadley also admitted that the can was for him to “cook dope.”
Hadley was arrested and booked for possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation.