Troopers seize loaded handgun, heroin, marijuana and ecstasy

Drug bust takes place during an OVI checkpoint.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
May 22, 2013

An Ohio man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized a loaded 9 mm handgun, eight grams of heroin, a gram of marijuana and 18 ecstasy pills during an OVI checkpoint in Summit County.

On May 17, troopers with the Canton Patrol post were conducting a OVI checkpoint on South Main Street, in the city of Akron when, Noah Eskridge, 23, of Akron entered the checkpoint at at 11:59 p.m. During interaction with Eskridge, troopers detected an odor of alcohol and the vehicle was diverted into the diversion area. Troopers also detected an odor of raw marijuana. When asked if he had marijuana on his person, he voluntarily surrendered a small bag containing marijuana, weighing a gram from his shorts pocket. A probable cause search of his person also revealed eight grams of heroin, 18 ecstasy pills and a small scale. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded 9 mm handgun beneath the driver’s seat. The contraband has an estimated street value of $1,400.

Eskridge was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies; carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. He was also charged with OVI. If convicted he could face up to 11-and-half years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.