A Cincinnati man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized nearly 1,000 Ecstasy tablets, worth about $17,000, following a traffic stop in Hancock County.
Troopers stopped a 2012 Dodge Caliber for a traffic violation on Interstate 75 near milepost 160, at 12:28 a.m. Oct. 13.
Troopers observed criminal indicators and were provided fraudulent identification from the driver. The driver was also found to have outstanding felony warrants for trafficking in marijuana and money laundering. An administrative inventory of the vehicle revealed ten bags, containing 998 Ecstasy tablets, located in the center console.
The driver, Marcus Coleman, 39, of Cincinnati, was incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center and charged with possession of Ecstasy, a first-degree felony.
If convicted, he could face up to ten years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.
In another traffic stop that same day, troopers found a large amount of prescription pills.
Troopers stopped a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix, with Michigan registration, on Interstate 75, northbound, near milepost 19 in Butler County for a speed violation at 9:57 p.m. Oct. 13.
Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers observed the passengers throwing contraband from the vehicle. Troopers also detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 239 prescription pills in the vehicle and alongside the road.
In addition, troopers located marijuana, and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. The driver, Walter E. Bruder, 68, and passengers, Jason A. Morgan, 34, and David J. Rachor, 64, all of Flint, Mich., were incarcerated in the Butler County Jail. They were charged with felony possession of Schedule II and III drugs.
In addition, Morgan and Rachor were charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.