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$30,000 worth of drugs seized in traffic stop near Milan

Cary Ashby • May 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Two men are facing felony drug charges after the state Highway Patrol seized ecstasy pills worth nearly $25,000, marijuana valued at more than $4,000 and crack cocaine valued at nearly $1,000 during a traffic stop near Milan.

Troopers stopped a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, with New York registration, for a speed violation in a construction zone on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 100 about 1:08 a.m. Saturday.

Criminal indicators were observed and a probable cause search revealed 1,212 ecstasy pills, 816 grams of marijuana, 9.7 grams of crack cocaine, $3,758 in cash and other drug paraphernalia.

The driver, Dennis Teart Jr., 30, of Detroit, and his passenger, Gary I. Kelly, 19, of Buffalo, were charged with possession of MDMA (ecstasy), a first-degree felony; aggravated trafficking and possession of cocaine, both third-degree felonies; possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

The suspects were incarcerated in the Sandusky County jail.

If convicted, they could each face up to 21 years in prison and up to a $42,500 fine.

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