Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 56 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $127,000, following a traffic stop in Muskingum County.
Troopers stopped a 1999 Ford Taurus, with West Virginia registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 155, at 3:20 p.m., on Feb. 4. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 56 pounds of marijuana.
The driver, Clyde N. Minter, 65, of Benwood, W.Va., and passenger, Ishmael F. Howard, 36, of, Martins Ferry, Ohio, were incarcerated in the Muskingum County Jail, and charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony.
If convicted, each suspect could face up to eight years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.