SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – A Saturday traffic stop in Springfield Township turned up a garbage bag full of drugs, several guns, ammunition and drug paraphernalia.
While on patrol about 9:15 p.m. along Garfield Road in Springfield Township, an officer pulled over a vehicle driven by Richard Lowell Eshler, 42, of New Springfield, for a broken tail light.
Eshler was slow to respond when he exited the vehicle and when asked if he had any weapons, Eshler reached for the waistband of his pants. Officers handcuffed Eshler and found a large knife in his front pocket.
A K-9 unit was called in to search the vehicle where a large garbage bag filled with 42 marijuana plants was found. Police also discovered several loaded guns, sandwich bags filled with marijuana, mushrooms/LSD, a digital scale, and other drug paraphernalia. An axe and several knives were also found in the vehicle, according to a police report.
Police later searched Eshler’s East Garfield Road home where they found marijuana residue in the basement, hydroponic lighting, and a 12-gauge shotgun that had been reported stolen.
Eshler is being held in the in Mahoning County Jail on charges of possession of drugs, carrying a concealed weapon and trafficking. Police Chief Matthew R. Mohn said more charges are pending surrounding the stolen firearm. He also said officers were called to Eshler’s house earlier that day on an animal welfare complaint. During that call, several animals were taken from the home would could result in additional charges.