Three suspects are facing felony drug charges after state Highway Patrol troopers seized more than $300,000 worth of illegal narcotics following two traffic stops.
The first traffic stop occurred at 12:01 p.m. Tuesday when troopers stopped a 1988 Buick LeSabre for a following too closely violation on the Ohio Turnpike near milepost 134 in Lorain County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed one kilo of cocaine and half-a-kilo of heroin, each worth $100,000 and 181 Xanax pills, worth nearly $1,000.
The driver, Tyisha Davis, 25, of Oak Park, Mich., and passenger, James Dubose, 41, of Detroit, were charged with possession of cocaine, aggravated trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin and aggravated trafficking in heroin, all first-degree felonies. Both were also charged with possession of criminal tools and trafficking of a scheduled substance, both third-degree felonies, and possession of a scheduled substance, a fourth-degree felony.
The suspects were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail. If convicted, both could face up to 51 years in prison and a $102,500 fine.
The second stop occurred at 12:16 a.m. this morning when troopers stopped a 2001 Toyota Camry for a speed violation on the Turnpike near milepost 97, in Sandusky County. Criminal indicators were observed and a probable cause search revealed 20 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth $100,000.
The driver, Albert Ross III, of Lorain, was charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. He was incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.