Troopers seize 2,421 ecstasy pills during traffic stop
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jan 9, 2014 at 3:07 PM
Three suspects from Kentucky are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 2,421 Ecstasy pills, worth about $24,000, following a traffic stop in Hancock County.
Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Ford Edge, with Florida registration, for failing to display taillights, on Interstate 75, near milepost 159, in Hancock County at 12:51 a.m. today. Criminal indicators were observed and a Findlay Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the pills, under the rear seat.
The driver, Darius Reaves, 42, and passengers, Martise Corley, 35, and Colette Tooley, 24, all from Louisville, Ky., were incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony.
If convicted each subject could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.
In a separate case, two women are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than a pound of heroin, worth approximately $182,000, following a traffic stop in Tuscarawas County.
Troopers stopped a 1999 Ford Escort, bearing Ohio registration, for a vehicle defect violation, on State Route 39, near milepost 13, at 2:56 a.m. Jan. 3. Criminal indicators were observed and a Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed more than a pound of heroin underneath the passenger’s seat, along with a marijuana smoking pipe.
The driver, Jacqueline C. Couch, 25, of Bethesda, Ohio, and passenger, Jessica A. Jasper, 26, of Belmont, Ohio, were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.
Both suspects were incarcerated in the Tuscarawas County Jail. If convicted, each could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.