An Iola man was arrested in a store after a 911 call reported he was “acting weird.”
Robert L. Depaoli, 46, is charged with two counts of possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing an officer.
Shortly before 9 p.m. Oct. 11, Clintonville Police Officers Craig Kamke and Bryan Hauser were dispatched to the Kwik Trip in response to a report that a man was in the store, “acting weird, possibly under the influence of drugs.”
According to the criminal complaint, the officers found the man, identified as Depaoli, by the coffee maker, clapping his hands and gyrating his body.
When Kamke asked Depaoli if he was under the influence of drugs, he said no and that he had stopped using oxycodone and morphine years ago, the complaint says.
Officer Eric Krause, a drug expert with the Marion Police Department, arrived at the scene to assist.
Depaoli reportedly told Krause he had a prescription for oxycodone and morphine and took his last dose five hours earlier.
A witness then told the officers he had seen Depaoli tuck a syringe into his pants.
Then Depaoli walked over to a cigarette butt disposal can, and Krause heard something hit the ground. He found a syringe.
The officers had Depaoli empty his pockets.
They reported finding another syringe, two morphine pills, nine oxycodone pills and six diazepam pills.