SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - What began as a routine traffic stop in Summit County Tuesday quickly turned into a large-scale drug bust as officer discovered and seized $285,000 in heroin.
The incident began as Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers pulled over a rented 2018 Nissan with Connecticut registration for a lane change violation on Interstate 80.
However, the driver -- Renaldo Diaz-Guzman, 25, of Hartford, Conn. -- fled after police approached the car and asked him to get out of the car.
A highway patrol surveillance plane spotted the car, and led officers to its location. The pilot also noticed the suspect through a bag in a dumpster.
Diaz-Guzman was arrested, and police found the bag, which contained more than 1,600 grams of heroin.
Diaz-Guzman was taken to Summit County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.
He was also charged with failure to comply, a fifth-degree felony.
If convicted, he could face up to 21 years in prison.