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Troopers seize thousands of Rx pills, liquid codeine

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jan 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM

A Michigan man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 5,400 illegal prescription pills and 51 ounces of liquid codeine, worth a nearly $50,000, following a traffic stop in Allen County.

Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Nissan Altima, with Ohio registration, for a speed violation, on Interstate 75, near milepost 125, in Allen County, at 9:02 a.m. on January 11. Criminal indicators were observed and a Lima Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 4,654 Hydrocodone pills, 300 Oxycontin pills, 446 Zanax pills, eight bottles of liquid codeine and a small amount of heroin.

The driver, LaKeith Lewis, 44, of Oak Park, Mich., was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail, and charged with possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony; and three counts each of possession and trafficking in schedule II, schedule III and schedule IV substances, all third-degree felonies.

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