Wide-awake New York transplant nabbed on drug charges in Summerfield

Daniel Marc Harshman

A Summerfield man who said he took a pain pill and hadn’t slept for two days was jailed Monday on drug charges.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies made contact with 42-year-old Daniel Marc Harshman, who “was sweating profusely and stumbling around the house.” They decided that Harshman was a danger to himself and placed him under a Marchman Act, a sheriff’s office report states.

Deputies searched Harshman and found a black coin holder in his pocket that contained two straws holding a powder that field-tested positive for cocaine, a black cylinder containing two bags of a powder-like substance that tested positive for Fentanyl, a white rock-like substance that tested positive for cocaine and two metal pipes, the report says.

After being read his rights, Harshman told deputies the white powder was cocaine and the rock-like substance was crack cocaine. He also said the straws were used for “snorting” cocaine and the metal pipes were for smoking crack cocaine, the report says.

Harshman was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Rochester, N.Y. native was being held on $5,000 bond and is due in court July 7 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.

Harshman also was arrested in September 2018 after Marion County sheriff’s deputies found him “acting strangely” on the side of U.S. Hwy. 27/441. He took a step toward a detective while holding a knife and was quickly taken into custody.

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