Troopers seize 50 pounds of hydroponic marijuana

Traffic stop stemming from improper lane change and following-too-close violation nets $110,000 worth of drugs.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
May 21, 2014

A couple from California are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 50 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth approximately $110,000 following a traffic stop in Portage County.

Troopers stopped a 2006 GMC 2500 pick-up truck, with California registration, for an improper lane change and following too closely violations on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 195, at 11:33 a.m. on May 14. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a small amount of methamphetamine in the passenger compartment. Troopers also discovered 50 pounds of hydroponic marijuana in the toolbox in the bed of the truck.

The couple, Pamela Denna, 42, and Vinson Denna , 48, both of Paradise, Calf., were incarcerated in the Portage County Jail, and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a first-degree felony; possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony and possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

If convicted, each could face up to 19 years in prison and up to a $37,500 fine.

Here are some other recent drug-related traffic stops handled by the patrol on Ohio roadways:

• Troopers stopped a 2009 Kia Spectra, with Kentucky registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 30 in Warren County at 1:53 a.m. on May 20. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers observed in plain view a marijuana cigarette on the center console. A probable cause search revealed three containers with false compartments inside containing 805 Hydrocodone pills, worth approximately 5,000. The driver, Frank Ennis, 40, of Warren Mich., was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, a second-degree felony and possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony.

• Troopers stopped a rented 2014 Nissan Murano, with West Virginia registration, for a speed violation on U.S. 33, near milepost 21 in Fairfield County at 1:45 p.m., on May 14. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw and burnt marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $10,000 in the engine compartment. The driver, Lance E. Curry, 33, of Columbus, Ohio was incarcerated in the Fairfield County Jail and charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony and possession of marijuana, fifth-degree felony.

• Troopers stopped a 1999 Honda Civic, with Michigan registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 34, in Warren County at 11:40 p.m. on May 15. Troopers observed a marijuana pipe in plain view. A probable caused search revealed more than a pound of marijuana; a small amount of psilocybin mushrooms and several pieces of drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. The contraband has an approximate street value of $6,700. The driver, Michael T. Johnson, 28, of Swartz Creek, Mich., was incarcerated in the Warren County Jail and charged with trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony and three-counts of possession of drugs, all fifth-degree felonies.

• On May 17, at approximately 12:00 p.m., the Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol received a call of a motorcycle rider traveling at a high rate of speed, on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 179 in Allen County. Troopers were able to stop the cyclist a short time later after a short foot pursuit, during which they observed him discard a baggie. The baggie contained 119 Alprazolam pills and 210 Hydrocodone pills, worth approximately $2,000. The rider, Daniel M. Matthews, 26, Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail and charged with three-counts of possession of a controlled substance, one fourth-degree felony and two fifth-degree felonies and fleeing and eluding, a third-degree felony.

• Troopers stopped a 2011 Dodge Charger, with Ohio registration, for an improper lane change and failure to signal violation on Robb Avenue in the city of Lima in Allen County at 5:44 p.m., on May 16. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $9,060 behind the driver seat in a diaper box. During a pat-down for weapons, troopers discovered $1,276 in cash on the driver’s person. The driver, Deontae M. Cowan, 22, and passenger, Quantez D. Tennant, 21, both of Lima, Ohio, were charged with possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

• Troopers stopped a 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, with Michigan registration, for a speed violation on U.S. 33, near milepost 21 in Fairfield County at 1:50 p.m., on May 16. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana and observed marijuana debris on the vehicle’s floorboard. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a half a pound of hydroponic marijuana, worth approximately $2,500 in the trunk compartment. Troopers also located a Ruger LC9 9mm semi-automatic pistol in the center console. The driver, Kenneth T. Forth, 52, of Garden City, Mich., was incarcerated in the Fairfield County Jail and charged with weapon under disability, a third-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

• Troopers stopped a 2014 Buick Regal, with Michigan registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 124, in Allen County at 4:06 a.m. on May 13. Criminal indicators were observed and a Lima Police Department canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 17 grams of marijuana; 70 grams of heroin; 42 Morphine pills and 735 Oxycontin pills. The contraband has an approximate street value of $22, 500. The passengers, Dion D. Pettway, 31, and Alisha K. Stone, 37, both of Detroit Mich., were incarcerated in the Allen County Justice Center and charged with possession of heroin, a first-degree felony; possession of schedule II substance, a third-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor.

• Troopers stopped a 2013 Infiniti G37, with Ohio registration, for a following too closely violation on Interstate 90 eastbound, near milepost 152 in Lorain County at 1:30 p.m., on May 7. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana. During a probable cause search of the vehicle, a small amount of marijuana was located. Troopers also discovered a vacuum sealed bag of heroin, worth nearly $47,000 underneath the rear seat. The driver, Michael J. Stubbs, 35, and passengers, Kevin L. Bedell, 28, both of Cleveland, Ohio were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charge with possession of heroin, a first-degree felony.

Comments

Foodforthought

sounds like an inside tip and they were waiting for something to happen. All good as the drugs are off the streets

rickross2

How dare you call Marijuana a drug?!? Blasphemy!

TheGravyWhisperer

...yep that's why some of us refer to it as 'erb...

DanielHolida

Marijuana is as much of a drug as broccoli is.

One is just a lot more expensive.

TrollingMotors

Its amazing how many people they get from "Improper lane Change"

One might say incredibly suspicious.

jamie9700

At least this was a 'green' drug.