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Troopers seize nearly $17,000 in Rx pills during traffic stop

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Apr 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM

A Tennessee man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 704 prescriptions pills, worth nearly $17,000 during a traffic stop in Wood County.

Troopers stopped a 2004 PT Cruiser, with Tennessee registration, for a following too closely violation, on Interstate 75, near milepost 183, in Wood County at 12:45 a.m. Monday. Criminal indicators were observed and a Rossford Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a baggie containing 372 hydrocodone pills, 149 alprazolam pills, 88 oxycodone pills, and 95 oxymorphone pills.

The driver, Brandon Hackett, 27, of Chattanooga, Tenn., was incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with two-counts of trafficking in oxycodone and possession of oxycodone, all second-degree felonies; trafficking and possession of oxymorphone, and possession of alprazolam, all third-degree felonies; trafficking in alprazolam, a fourth-degree felony; five-counts of trafficking in hydrocodone, a fifth-degree felony; and five-counts of possession of hydrocodone, a first-degree misdemeanor.

If convicted he could face up to 45 and-a-half years in prison and up to a $92,500 fine.

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