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Troopers make largest seizure of Rx pills in history of Ohio State Highway Patrol

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jun 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

A Michigan man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 17,260 dosage units of prescriptions pills, worth approximately $338,000 following a traffic stop in Montgomery County.

Troopers received reports of a vehicle driving recklessly on Interstate 75, southbound near milepost 64, in Montgomery County at 11:05 a.m. on June 20. Troopers stopped a 2000 Oldsmobile Bravada, with Michigan registration, for a marked lanes violation. The driver was subsequently arrested for OVI. An administrative inventory of the vehicle revealed a bag containing Methadone, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam pills, in addition to 148 Suboxone Strips. 

The driver, Williams J. Hedges, 30, of Saint Clair Shores, Mich., was incarcerated in the Montgomery County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in Schedule II substances, both are third-degree felonies. Hedges was also charged with OVI, marked lanes and safety belt violations.

The next largest seizure of prescription pills occurred in January 2013, when troopers seized 6,641 pills following a Scioto County traffic stop.

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