BEREA, OH (WOIO) - Three suspects are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than $300,000 worth of illegal narcotics following two traffic stops on the Ohio Turnpike.
The first traffic stop occurred Tuesday at approximately 12:01 p.m. when troopers stopped a 1988 Buick LeSabre for a following too closely violation, near milepost 134, in Lorain County. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed one kilo of cocaine and half-a-kilo of heroin, each worth $100,000 and 181 Xanax pills, worth nearly $1,000.
The driver, 25-year-old Tyisha Davis, of Oak Park, Mich., and passenger, 41-year-old James Dubose, of Detroit, Mich., were charged with possession of cocaine, aggravated trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin and aggravated trafficking in heroin, all first-degree felonies. Both were also charged with possession of criminal tools and trafficking of a scheduled substance, both third-degree felonies, and possession of a scheduled substance, a fourth-degree felony.
The suspects were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail. If convicted, both could face up to 51 years in prison and a $102,500 fine.
The second stop occurred at 12:16 a.m. Wednesday morning when troopers stopped a 2001 Toyota Camry for a speed violation, near milepost 97, in Sandusky County. Criminal indicators were observed and a probable cause search revealed 20 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, worth $100,000.
The driver, Albert Ross III, of Lorain, Ohio, was charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana, both third-degree felonies. He was incarcerated in the Sandusky County Jail. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.