OCSO: Crestview man claims heroin found in vehicle was 'chocolate laxative'

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FORT WALTON BEACH — A Crestview man was arrested Saturday after deputies reportedly discovered an array of drugs and paraphernalia in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Steven Coplen

Deputies charged 29-year-old Steven Coplen with trafficking in heroin, possession of oxycodone, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic violation, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office news release.

Coplen was stopped on Hurlburt Road near Fort Walton Beach when a deputy noticed he had an expired registration. Coplen also was found to have an expired driver's license for non-payment of car insurance.

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An OCSO K-9 alerted on Coplen's truck. Deputies found heroin under the driver's seat, more heroin on the passenger floorboard, oxycodone, a plastic bag with methamphetamine residue, a scale and assorted paraphernalia consistent with narcotics use and distribution, the release said.

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Coplen reportedly told deputies the heroin was a chocolate laxative and that he believed the pills were fake. He was taken into custody and transported to the Okaloosa County Jail.