Two traffic stops about an hour apart Tuesday in Scioto County yielded cocaine, heroin and illegal prescription pills.
At 8 p.m. troopers stopped a 2001 Cadillac, with Ohio registration, for speed and marked lanes violations, on U.S. 23 southbound, near milepost 5. Troopers observed the rear seat passenger grab an object and hide it between his legs under a coat. A protective sweep was conducted and revealed 1,004 Oxycodone pills, worth about $24,096.
The driver, Steven T. Washington, 25, of South Point, and passengers, Dennis G. Hurd, 56, also of South Point, and William D. Whitfield, 28, of Huntington, W.Va., were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule II substance, a first-degree felony. If convicted each could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.
Roughly an hour later, at 9:15 p.m. troopers stopped a 2012 Ford Fusion, with Michigan registration, for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 23, near milepost 10. Criminal indicators were observed. Further investigation revealed that the female occupant was concealing two ounces of cocaine and two ounces of heroin on her person. The estimated value of the contraband is $13,104.
The driver, James D. Crocker, 33, and passenger, Dicey D. Deselle, 21, both of Detroit, were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with two-counts of possession of drugs, both first-degree felonies. If convicted they could each face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.