A man and a woman from West Virginia are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 890 Oxycodone pills, worth about $27,000 during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike.
Troopers stopped a 2009 Toyota, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation, on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 133, in Lorain County at 8:03 a.m. Tuesday. Upon contact with the vehicle, troopers observed drug paraphernalia in plain view and the passenger throwing an object on the rear floor when instructed to exit the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed additional drug paraphernalia; a small blue flashlight which the passenger threw and was found to contain five oxycodone pills; a baggy of white powder and nine additional prescription pills. During interaction with the driver, she voluntarily revealed that she concealed an additional 885 oxycodone pills on her person.
The driver, Hannah Aloi, 23, and passenger, Andrew Stayton, 31, both of Buckhannon, W.Va., were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of a scheduled II substance and aggravated drug trafficking, both first-degree felonies and possession of drug paraphernalia a fourth-degree misdemeanor. If convicted each could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.