A 42-year-old North Hollywood parolee was arrested on suspicion of heroin possession in Tujunga, according to sheriff’s officials.
Deputies were driving westbound on Foothill Boulevard towards Kagel Canyon about 3:40 p.m. July 1 when they observed Paul “Jeremy” Allen Kornish, 42, in the 9900 Block of Pinewood Avenue, Tujunga, according to the report from the Sheriff's .
Deputies contacted Kornish to check on his welfare and noted he was looking in all directions as if he was lost or looking for someone, according to the report. Deputies asked if he was lost and if he was on probabtion or parole. He said no.
After conducting a search on his name and birth date, deputies found Kornish is on parole for assault with a deadly weapon.
Kornish was taken into custody while deputies conducted a parole compliance search of the suspect. Officials allegedly found a “clear, plastic cellophane cigarette wrapped and containing black tar-like substance that had a strong pungent odor of vinegar,” according to the report.
The sheriff’s deputies allegedly recognized this substance as heroin and arrested Kornish on suspicion of heroin possession.
The suspect allegedly then shouted, “It’s heroin” from the backseat of the patrol car while deputies placed the heroin in an evidence Ziplock bag.
Kornish was read his Constitutional rights and agreed to speak outside the presence of an attorney.
“The suspect told us he paid $20 for the baggie of heroin. He said he has been using since he was a teenager and that his mother was also a heroin addict. He stated he was trying to stop using heroin but was finding it difficult," according to the report.