COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Two separate traffic stops by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in southern Ohio netted $30,000 in drugs.
The first stop happened May 6 at about 10:48 a.m. along State Route 423 in Marion County when troopers stopped a Volkswagen for a stop sign violation.
Troopers detected an odor of marijuana and searched the car and found a backpack containing two pounds of marijuana worth about $10,000.
The driver, Chad A. Stevens, 44, of Marion, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.
On May 9, troopers stopped a Chevrolet Monte Carlo about 2:13 p.m. on U.S. Route 23 in Marion County for an equipment violation.
A drug sniffing dog was called to the scene and alerted officers to 200 grams of heroin found hidden in the vehicle with a value of about $20,000.
Rashad Davis, 24, of Fremont, was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and trafficking in drugs.
Many of the drugs that are confiscated by the Ohio State Patrol on highways in Ohio have destinations that travel northeast through the Mahoning Valley or directly north to Toledo and Michigan.