TOLEDO, OH (WOIO) - Two women from Lorain are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 5 kilos of cocaine, valued at $750,000, during a traffic stop yesterday on the Ohio Turnpike in Lucas County.
The driver, 34-year-old Jessica M. Rojas and passenger 25-year-old Amberly L. Findley, were charged with aggravated trafficking and aggravated possession, both first-degree felonies, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.
Troopers stopped a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation, eastbound on the Ohio Turnpike near milepost 57 at approximately 10:46PM Monday. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 5 kilos of cocaine and a large amount of U.S. currency.
The suspects were incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail. If convicted, each could face up to 21 years in prison and a $22,500 fine.
Through May 2009, the Patrol seized more than 250,000 grams illegal narcotics valued at nearly $7.5 million. In 2008, the Patrol seized more than 5.2 million grams of illegal narcotics valued at approximately $47.6 million.