Police Reportedly Find Driver With Heroin, Needles and a Silver Spoon

Officers walked up to a parked vehicle over the weekend, in which they said they found a man and nine bags of heroin.

arrested an Indiana man who they said they found in a local McDonald's parking lot Saturday with nine bags of heroin, four hypodermic needles and a silver spoon. 

Officers were first notified about Mark J. Bryk, 24, of the 2100 block of Liberty Street in Portage, Ind., when someone called in a tip that the tan Ford Explorer he was driving was "all over the roadway" near 175th Street and Harlem Avenue, the report said. Police found the vehicle parked in the lot at McDonald's on Harlem Avenue around 7:45 p.m.

"I approached the driver's side window and observed Mark looking down at a cell phone," the officer wrote in the report, noting that the dome light in the vehicle was on. " … I also observed in plain view a folding knife on the front passenger seat. Next to the knife … I observed a black knit winter hat. Sticking out from inside the hat was a plastic bag … (with) at least one hypodermic needle …"

Bryk didn't immediately notice the officer outside his window, the report said, and looked up when the officer knocked on the glass.

"Mark immediately took his right hand and attempted to conceal the knife and needle on his passenger seat," the report said. 

Police searched Bryk and asked him what else was in the vehicle. He told them he had heroin, according to the report.  

Officers found four needles with charred ends, three Q-tips, a silver spoon with a burnt underside and white residue on top and nine clear plastic bags with a "white powdery substance" that later tested positive for heroin, they said.  

Bryk gave cops a vague idea of where he "makes all his drug buys," the report said, but refused to provide detailed information. He said he was on his way to a party in .

He was charged with unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of a controlled substance. His vehicle was towed from the scene.

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Wendy LoCascio February 07, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Disgusting.... Sad to think how many others like this are around us every day and we don't even know it....
Carrie Frillman February 08, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Hi Wendy. Thanks for commenting. I'm looking into the number/frequency of heroin arrests in Tinley right now. I've noticed there's been a bit of an uptick ...
Linda February 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Keep up the good work . . . get them off the streets and closer to the distributor!!
Wendy LoCascio February 08, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Agreed! I think people need to know whats going on so they can be more aware of their surroundings.
Laura February 09, 2012 at 09:31 PM
I live in Tinley Park and my younger brother (only 18 years old) has been a heroin addict for almost two years now. I think everyone, especially those who have family members in junior high and high school, in Tinley Park and the surrounding areas needs to be educated on the prevalance of heroin use in our town and the accessability of it. Many would be shocked.
Wendy LoCascio February 09, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Sorry Laura. That must be so hard for you and your family. I agree teens should be more educated and aware.. Wish your family the best. You will be in my prayers..
big Dummy March 06, 2012 at 04:45 AM
I can't Believe life is that bad that you have f--- your life up just for buzz. I might be an older guy I smoked dope ( I was a moron for doing it) there was a lot of acid and angel dust but I was smart enough to stay away from that stuff. I only saw and herd of heroin on tv.I would turn in any dealer I knew that dealt heroin. I think they need to put young cops in the classroom and find these guys who are dealing it and bust them! Maybe they should show what happens to people who take those drugs and show it messes them up! Laura I hope your brother gets clean and turns his life around!
Dianna Hardison April 07, 2012 at 02:33 AM


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