Troopers seize a kilo of cocaine on the Ohio Turnpike

$100,000 drug bust takes place after driver is caught making a marked lanes violation.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jan 31, 2013

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.

Comments

feedthetrolls

here we go...criminal indicators blah blah blah

HS Sports Fan

How many people a day are they stopping on the turnpike for marked lane violations? Why would anyone travel the turnpike? And to believe we're paying tolls to get harrassed by these guys in between their busts. If you get stopped on the turnpike for an accident for hours you'll find an alternative route, as has happen to me twice in the last year. This criminal indicator thing is turning into a big joke. As someone once said on here "We need to load a car with oregano and send it down the turnpike and see what happens". By no means am I saying these busts are not good. I'm just curious as to what they are really up to and what right of ours is being violated when we're in their path. These guys are not psychic. Some of you might not mind being lied to by the ones that are suppose to protect us, but I do.

arnmcrmn

Good job guys keep busting these losers.

hit the road jack

I know 1 thing for sure,they were thick as flies on a fresh turd in july today on turnpike over towards toledo and by avery .

jamie9700

I'm buying stock in dog food!

Brock Lee

note to self stay off turnpicke

votelibertarian

enjoy your police state