Two men from Michigan are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 724 Oxycodone pills, worth about $22,000 during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike.
Troopers stopped a 2007 Chevy Impala, with Alabama registration, for a marked lanes violation, on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 133, in Lorain County at 5:32 p.m. Tuesday. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the 724 Oxycodone pills, along with marijuana roaches and residue.
The driver, McClearry D. Hill, 27, of Detroit, Mich., and passenger, Thomas G. Johnson-Hardwick, 24, of Roseville, Mich., were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of a scheduled II substance and aggravated drug trafficking, both second-degree felonies and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor. If convicted each could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.