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FITCHBURG — A Townsend man was arrested last week on drug charges after he was allegedly found grasping a syringe during a traffic stop, according to court documents.

Cameron M. Ojala, 23, of 5 Turnpike Road, is charged with possession of a Class A drug and possession of a Class C drug.

According to a police report included with court documents, two plainclothes officers were sitting in an unmarked cruiser in the Cleghorn McDonalds parking lot around 9 p.m. Thursday when they observed two men enter the restaurant and leave a few minutes later without purchasing anything. As the men exited, the officers recognized Ojala, known to them as a drug user, and followed the vehicle they were in up Kimball Street and pulled it over after observing driving infractions.

As the officers approached either side of the car, Ojala began to open the passenger side door and was ordered to stop. He was allegedly observed grasping a hypodermic needle filled with what officers believed to be heroin. Upon a further search of his person, he was also allegedly found to be in possession of a crack pipe and a ball of tin foil with a substance believed to be hashish.

The driver of the vehicle received a citation for a marked lanes violation and an expired inspection sticker. Ojala was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court Dec. 5.

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