Troopers find crack cocaine and heroin on the Ohio Turnpike

Improper lane change leads to $5,000 worth of drugs being seized.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jan 18, 2013


A Pennsylvania man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized an ounce of crack cocaine packaged for resale, four grams of heroin, a syringe and a Suboxone packet, worth a total of $5,000 during a traffic stop in Ottawa County.

Troopers stopped a rented 2012 Chevy Impala, with Texas registration, for an improper lane change violation, on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 75, at 9:27 a.m. on January 16. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.
Matthew Russick, 28, of New Castle, Pa., was incarcerated in the Ottawa County Jail and charged with two-counts of aggravated drug trafficking, one a first-degree felony and the other a fourth-degree felony; possession of crack cocaine, a first-degree felony; and possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony. If convicted he could face up to 21-and-a half years in prison and up to a $45,000 fine.


Brock Lee

note to self change one lane at a time


Sooo don't drive a car with out of state plates or change more than one lane at time or "criminal indicators" will be observed.


evry time the troopers bust someone with drugs , the suspect is stopped for an illegal lane change????? sounds fishy! like the last 5 articles i've read about their drug bust was because someone didnt change lanes properly coincidence?????


don't be foolish mate. big bro knows whats going on. if you dont think he does, try it- and see what happens.


glad they have "criminal indicators" or whatever they are doing...its keeping this crap off the streets!!


...Lane Changer Blues ...a popular tune on the our state freeways

hit the road jack

I do know they watch vehicles with Pennsylvania plates,if they pass one they will slow down and run plates,I've seen it done before.

HS Sports Fan

I'm telling you with these kind of abilities these guys can be used for so much more. For instance they could have seen criminal indicators and prevented the shootings at Sandy Hook. These are the guys we need to arm our schools with. Anyone that can pick one car out of hundreds going by them at 70 miles an hour and know it contains drugs, Now you have to admit that is incredible.