City man arrested in N.J. on drug charges

STEUBENVILLE – A city man was arrested in New Jersey Tuesday on drug charges after a high-speed chase led to the discovery of 1.5 pounds of heroin that authorities believe was headed back to Ohio.

Leonard King, 38, of 526 Cedar Ave. was driving a vehicle in Somerset County, N.J., about halfway between Trenton, N.J, and New York City, when the New Jersey State Police attempted to pull the vehicle over. It took off at a high rate of speed. According to reports, troopers backed off on the pursuit a couple times before a local law enforcement officer in Bernards Township spotted the vehicle abandoned off a highway.

State troopers and local police searched the area before arresting King and Michael King, 38, of Newark.

Police reported Leonard King had tried to dispose of a case containing the heroin.

Leonard King was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, eluding and was issued multiple motor vehicle summonses, and was taken to the Somerset County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Steubenville Police Chief William McCafferty said he was informed by New Jersey officials that Leonard King admitted to going to New York City to buy the heroin for $26,000 and intended to bring it back to Ohio, where King claimed he could sell it for $120,000.