A 29-year-old Ceres man was arrested Saturday evening outside Starbucks at 1507 Mitchell Road as an officer approached him and saw him shooting heroin into his arm.
At 6:02 p.m. Officer Charles Rushing was dispatched to Starbucks where someone found a black bag leaning against the wall. He located the bag unattended near the northeast corner. Officer Rushing asked several patrons in and around the business if the bag belonged to any of them but no one did.
Rushing then saw a Jason Jarboe, 29, of Ceres, sitting in the driver seat of a grey Toyota Camry directly in front of where the bag was located. As Officer Rushing approached the car to speak to Jarboe, he noticed the man was sticking a needle into his arm. The hypodermic syringe contained a brown-colored liquid, consistent with heroin. After the officer ushing knocked on the window, Jarboe appeared startled and began to freak out. Officer Rushing commanded Jarboe to place his hands onto the steering wheel but Jarboe opened the driver's door at which time Rushing detained him.
Officer Rushing searched Jarboe and found a clear plastic container that contained a black tar like substance with a strong vinegar odor. The substance appeared to be heroin. A search of the car yielded a black zipper bag on the front passenger seat containing several needles, measuring spoons with burn marks, lighters, and small cotton balls - items commonly involved in heroin use. Jarboe was arrested.
Jarboe confirmed the substance located was heroin and stated that he is a heroin user and dealer. He was arrested for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of narcotic paraphernalia. He was transported to the Public Safety Center where he was booked without incident.
The black bag located at Starbucks was uninvolved in this incident and the owner was never located. It was booked into the Ceres Police Department property room as found property.