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.