It happens surprisingly
often: Out-of-state drug traffickers speeding on Ohio highways, often with predictable results, it happened twice in recent days, once near
A trooper from the Marietta
post of the State Highway Patrol stopped a 2002 Honda Accord for speeding on
I-77 near Macksburg, late on Christmas Eve. The scent of smoked marijuana gave
the Patrol probable cause to search the car, with assistance from a Washington County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit.
Troopers found more than one
hundred oxycodone pills, along with small amounts of methampethamine and marijuana, various pieces
of drug paraphernalia and what they called "trafficking items."
Lt. Carlos Smith says a man and woman from
Greenville, North Carolina, both in their 20s, were arrested on several felony
drug charges and taken to the Washington County Jail where they spent
Christmas, pending a bond hearing today.
According to Lt. Smith, the pair could face up to eleven years in prison if convicted.
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Meanwhile, the Highway Patrol in
Columbus says another alleged drug trafficker with a lead food was busted in
western Ohio on Monday.
Lt. Anne Ralston says a trooper
clocked a 2013 Chevrolet Captiva traveling at 89 miles per hour in a 65 zone on
I-75 in Miami County. As the trooper tried to catch up with it, the driver
became distracted and drove into the rear of a commercial truck.
Then, as troopers were conducting
the crash investigation, they found several bags of hydroponically grown
marijuana that had become dislodged from behind the bumper of the Chevy during
the crash. The Patrol estimated the pot to be worth around $9,000.
The 27-year-old Kentucky man was taken
to a Piqua hospital for treatment of his injuries and was charged with several
felonies. He could face up to two years in prison upon conviction.