Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized a kilo of cocaine, worth approximately $100,000 during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike.
Troopers stopped a rented 2013 Toyota Camry, with Illinois registration, for a marked lanes violation, on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 74, in Lake Township at 9:48 a.m. Wednesday. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the cocaine inside a shoebox inside the vehicle’s trunk.
The driver, Robert D. Hammond, 29, of Akron, and passenger, Eric M. Strickland, 45, of Chicago, were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and charged with drug abuse and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies. If convicted each could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.
Elsewhere in Ohio, four people are facing drug charges following two separate traffic stops Tuesday in Scioto County.
At 3:30 p.m. troopers stopped a 1998 Lincoln Towncar on U.S. 23, north of Lucasville, for a traffic violation. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 15 grams of cocaine and 299 Oxycodone pills.
Grant A. Underwood, of Quincy, and Susan E. Williams, of Portsmouth, were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies.
Later in the day at 8:30 p.m., troopers stopped a 2010 Grand Cherokee for a traffic violation. Criminal indicators were observed and search revealed four grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
Malik M. Williams of Detroit, Mich., was charged with possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony. Joshua Blair of East Lynn, W. Va., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor and possession of drug abuse instruments, a first-degree misdemeanor. Both men were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail.