The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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February 13, 2014

Two people arrested on drug charges during traffic stop

JEFFERSON — Two people were arrested Tuesday after Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department deputies received a tip of a suspicious purchase at Wal-Mart.

Tamara Snyder, 43, of 443 Third St., Geneva, and Sam A. Didino, Jr., 27, of 743 E. 16th St., Ashtabula were arrested after they purchased several items commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. A Wal-Mart employee alerted ACSO to the purchase and gave a description of the vehicle they left in, according to the Sheriff’s report.

Snyder and Didino were arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Ashtabula Municipal Court. They were charged with one count each of illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or 10 percent surety for each, according to a court spokesperson.

After receiving the tip, a deputy patrolling the area observed the suspect vehicle leaving Wal-Mart. The vehicle turned into the Ashtabula Towne Square parking lot and then into Burger King, without signaling. The deputy conducted a traffic stop, according to the report.

When the deputy approached the vehicle, a strong odor of marijuana was reportedly emitting from the vehicle. The deputy informed the suspects that he received a call from Wal-Mart stating they purchased items used to manufacture meth, according to the report.

Snyder reportedly handed the deputy two Wal-Mart bags, stating there was “nothing like that in them.” Didino also handed over a small plastic bag containing less than 1 gram of marijuana and also admitted to driving without a valid license, according to the report.

The two bags reportedly contained Coleman fuel, standard airline tubing and a 10-pack of gluestick batons, according to the report.

Snyder reportedly told deputies the items belonged to Didino. She also gave deputies permission to search the vehicle, saying the items in it were put in there two days ago by a friend and she wasn’t sure what was in there, according to the report.

Deputies recovered from the vehicle and instant cold pack box with two empty cold pack packages and two water packets; a glass jar with ammonium nitrate from cold packs; a measuring cup; coffee grinder; eight lithium batteries; a screw driver; and a chisel, according to the report.

Deputies also found sewer line cleaner, canning and pickling salts, and Rotto drain opener. A large package of plastic baggies was located inside Snyder’s purse as well, according to the report.

Both Snyder and Didino were transported to Ashtabula County Jail. They both also have prior drug convictions.

Preliminary hearings have not been scheduled yet, according to a court spokesperson.

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