Two women from Ohio are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized crack cocaine worth about $3,000 during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike.
Troopers stopped a 2007 Chevy Impala, with an Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation, on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 135, in Lorain County at 4:17 p.m. on March 21. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers observed the passenger attempting to conceal contraband. A probable cause search revealed a small amount of marijuana and crack cocaine. The contraband has a street value of $3,000.
The driver, Kari L. Edgell, 24, and passenger, Samantha L. Paulus, 27, both of Wooster, were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of crack cocaine, trafficking in drugs and complicity, all second-degree felonies and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor. If convicted each could face up to 29 years in prison and up to a $55,000 fine.