A woman from Illinois is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized nine ounces of cocaine, worth nearly $22,000 following a traffic stop in Preble County.
Troopers stopped a 2002 GMC Envoy, with Illinois registration, for an unsafe lane change and following too closely violations on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 7, at 1:27 p.m. Thursday. Criminal indicators were observed. A consent search of the vehicle was granted and revealed nine ounces of cocaine concealed inside a fast food bag.
The driver, Elsa Robles Alejandra Verduzco, 26, of Chicago, Illinois, was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail, and charged with possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.