Twinsburg man jailed after cops find gun, drugs during Streetsboro traffic stop

by Dave O'Brien Record-Courier staff writer Published:

A Twinsburg man is being held in the Portage County jail, charged with four felonies in connection with a traffic stop in Streetsboro during which a police officer found a loaded handgun, heroin and cash in his possession.

Michael S. Hakeem, 23, is charged with one count each of trafficking in drugs and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drugs, both fourth-degree felonies.

Hakeem is being held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $60,000 bond. Additional charges are possible once the case is heard by a Portage County grand jury. According to Streetsboro police, Officer Mike Graham stopped a car for speeding near Route 14 and the Ohio Turnpike on Aug. 13. Graham investigated and came across a loaded 9mm handgun, $927, and a small amount of marijuana.

While in a Streetsboro police cruiser, Hakeem allegedly attempted to hide 2.5 grams of heroin in the backseat, leading to an additional charge. A passenger in the vehicle also was arrested after officers discovered he had a warrant for his arrest from another police agency, Streetsboro police said.

Hakeem is forbidden from owning or possessing any firearms, based on a February 2013 conviction for attempted carrying of a concealed weapon, a fifth-degree felony, in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, according to Streetsboro police.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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