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Troopers seize crack cocaine and marijuana during two traffic stops

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jan 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Two traffic stops Monday in Lorain County – within a mile and two-hours of each other – yielded crack cocaine and marijuana.

At 3:55 p.m. troopers stopped a 2010 Hyundai Accent, with Maryland registration, for a marked lanes violation, on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 133. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search revealed a pound of high-grade marijuana, worth $7,500.

                                                                                                                                                            

The driver, Eric Campbell, 35, of Owen Hills, Md., was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, and aggravated drug trafficking, both fifth-degree felonies. If convicted he could face up to two years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

Roughly two hours later, at 5:51 p.m. troopers stopped a 2003 Chevy Silverado, with Pennsylvania registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 134. During interaction with the driver, troopers observed marijuana residue in plain view throughout the floor of the vehicle. Subsequently the driver was found to be driving under suspension. A probable cause search revealed five ounces of crack cocaine, worth more than $15,000.

The driver, Zollie M. Talley, 66, of New Castle, Pa., was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of crack cocaine and aggravated drug trafficking, both first-degree felonies. If convicted he could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.

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