Vero Beach Man Goes To Church To Inject Heroin

Vero Beach man tried to inject heroin in parking lot.
Vero Beach man tried to inject heroin in parking lot. (Photo: Indian River County Sheriff's Office)

VERO BEACH, Florida – An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy observed a man sitting in a vehicle parked at the Jones Temple Holiness in Vero Beach.

The deputy walked up to the vehicle and saw a man attempting to stick himself with a syringe. As the officer shined his flashlight on the subject, he dropped the needle onto his lap, according to the report.

Police placed the man, identified as Micahel Cantelo, in custody and conducted a vehicle search.

The deputy found a used syringe, a piece of Chore Boy (sometimes used as a filter for smoking crack cocaine), and a zip lock bag containing a small amount of brown and white powdery substance.

The man told the deputy that the white powdery substance was heroin. Also in the car was a black chest box with a Xanax pill, the report said.

Cantelo was booked on charges of Misdemeanor Poss Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Poss of Controlled Sub W/O Prescription, and Misdemeanor Poss Drug Paraphernalia.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.