Four men are facing felony drug and weapons charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 1,502 Ecstasy pills, worth nearly $26,000 and a loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun during a traffic stop in Mercer County.
Troopers stopped a 2002 Chevy Suburban, with Indiana registration, for a speed violation, on US 33, eastbound, near milepost 15, at 9:20 p.m. on February 1. Troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed several plastic bags containing Ecstasy pills and a loaded 9mm handgun.
The driver, Kenneth R. Moore, 52, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and passengers, C.T. Tell Jr., 42, of Fort Wayne, Ind., Anthony Bolden Jr., 36, of Detroit, Mich., and Jermaine A. Johnson, 27, of Spanish Town, Jamaica, were incarcerated in the Mercer County Jail and charged with possession of drugs, a first-degree felony, and for carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony.
If convicted, each could face up to 11-and-half years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.