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Troopers seize thousands of Rx Pills and Marijuana in Wood County

Troopers stopped a 2002 Nissan Altima, with Kentucky registration, for speed and license plate light violations on the Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 199, in Wood County at 3:17 a.m. on April 21. Troopers observed the driver and passenger switching seats as the vehicle came to a stop. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 1,509 Oxycodone, 109 Carisoprodol, 60 Xanax pills and 40 Acetaminophen. Troopers also located 125 grams of marijuana. The contraband has an approximate street value of $50,000. The driver, James L. Harrison, Jr., 33, of Detroit Mich., was incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking of a controlled substance, both first-degree felonies.

State troopers teaching officers how to drive to survive

Crash course behind the wheel helps save lives in responding to emergencies

Story from dispatch.com

As State Highway Patrol Sgt. Rusty Lanning floors the accelerator linked to the throaty Hemi V-8, the G-force punches him and his student back against their seats.

The digital speedometer nears three figures on the backstretch of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course before a tap of the brakes sends the gray Dodge Charger sweeping into a turn, tires chirping at the strain. more

Patrol uses Forward-Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) technology to locate woman lost in woods

On April 14,  the Knox County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Communications HUB to request Aviation to assist them with the search for a 45 year-old female who  suffers from mental health issues and was missing from her residence. Aviation was contacted at 3:55 a.m., and was able to locate her using Forward-Looking Infra-Red – or FLIR technology and directed sheriff’s deputies on the ground to her location, where she was safely recovered within two hours of the original call for assistance from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.  

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Patrol featured in the Department of Public Safety’s second episode of Contributing to a Safer Ohio

Recent Criminal Patrol Activity and Investigations

   

April 19, 2014

Troopers stopped a 2013 Kia Optima, with Illinois registration, for marked lanes, speed and following too closely violations on the Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 158, in Hancock County at 8:13 p.m. on April 19. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 30 Oxycodone pills, 140 Percocet pills, 96 Xanax pills and 1 Alprazolam pill. The contraband has an approximate street value of $4,700. The driver, Nkwane Young, 24, of Clinton Township, Mich., and passenger, Detron Edward, Jr., 19, of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony.

April 17, 2014

Troopers stopped a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban, with Ohio registration, for marked lanes, failure to signal and license plate violations on Monroe Street in the city of Toledo, in Lucas County at 11:42 p.m., on April 17. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected a strong odor of raw marijuana. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a pound and half of marijuana, worth nearly $6,500 underneath the center console. Troopers also located several scales and plastic bags and nearly $4,400 in cash on the suspect. The driver, Antwaun J. Turner, 26, of Toledo, Ohio was incarcerated in the Lucas County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony and trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony.

April 13, 2014

Troopers stopped a rented vehicle for a speed violation on U.S. 68 near milepost 17, in Hardin County on April 13 at 8:53 p.m. Criminal indicators were observed and a Hardin County Sheriff’s Office canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 169 Oxymorphone pills with an estimated street value of $3,380. The driver, Desiree C. Howard, 48, of Warren, Mich., and passenger, Brent P. Briscoe, 35, of Detroit, Mich., were incarcerated in the Multi County Jail in Marion and charged with possession and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies.

April 8, 2014

Troopers stopped a 2007 Lincoln Mark LT pick-up truck, with California registration for speed, following too closely, marked lanes and unsafe lane change violations on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 88, in Madison County at 3:48 p.m., on April 8. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 17 grams of methamphetamine and approximately a pound of hydroponic marijuana and numerous drug paraphernalia items. The contraband has a street value of $5,000. The driver, Ryan Niedert, 25, Barstow, Calif., was incarcerated in the Tri-County Jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

March 28, 2014

Troopers stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Impala, with Illinois registration, for a turn signal violation on Interstate 74 eastbound, near milepost 10, in Hamilton County at 1:11 p.m. on March 28. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a baggies of crack-cocaine and heroin. The contraband weighed approximately 50 grams and was packaged for sale. The contraband has a street value of nearly $6,000. James J. Porter, 26, of Danville, Ill., was incarcerated in the Hamilton County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking in crack-cocaine, both first-degree felonies and possession of heroin, a third-degree felony.

March 24, 2014

Troopers stopped a 1997 Ford Thunderbird, with Ohio registration, for a marked lanes violation on Chardon Windsor Road, in Claridon Township in Geauga County at 7:49 p.m., on March 24. Criminal indicators were observed and a Geauga County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed eight Vyvanse pills, eight Hydrocodone pills, 51 Methadone pills, 71 Clonazepam pills and 26 Hydrochloride pills in a pill bottle. Trooper also found a small amount of marijuana, a glass smoking pipe and $2,310 in cash. The illegal prescription pills have an estimated street value of nearly $1,000.

The driver, Andrew Burzanko, 46, of Chardon, Ohio, was charged with possession of a Schedule II substance, a third-degree felony and possession a Schedule III substance, a fifth-degree felony. 

March 16, 2014

On March 16, 2014, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators received a tip that April D. Mills was planning to convey illegal narcotics onto the grounds of the London Correctional Institution for an inmate incarcerated at the institution.  Investigators conducted surveillance in the area of the suspected drop and at approximately 8:45 p.m.  Mills was seen driving onto the grounds of the institution.  When she exited the grounds she was stopped by a trooper from the West Jefferson Post and was positively identified.  Investigators searched the drop area and found approximately 25.5 grams of suspected marijuana hidden inside of an energy drink can. 

Mills was incarcerated in the Tri-County Regional Jail and charged with attempting to convey drugs, a third-degree felony. 

March 6-8, 2014

The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Indiana State Police on March 6 – 8, in an effort focused on criminal patrol and drug interdiction with an emphasis on removing drugs and illegal weapons from our communities. 

This successful enforcement effort netted 542 drug arrests and 47 illegal weapons arrests.  Of these, troopers in Ohio made 166 of the drug arrests and 4 of the weapon seizures. more

March 10, 2014

Troopers stopped a 2004 Porsche Cayenne, with Ohio registration for a license plate violation on East 147th Street in the city of Cleveland at 3:30 p.m., on March 10. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed two large plastic bags of marijuana, weighing 7 ounces; a loaded High Point .40 caliber handgun; and a digital scale in a child’s gym bag. The contraband has a street value of $2,110. Troopers also located $2,256 in cash. The driver, Demarco A. Clayton, 29, of Cleveland, Ohio was incarcerated in the Cuyahoga County Jail and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a third-degree felony and trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

March 10, 2014

Troopers stopped a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville, with West Virginia registration for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 178, in Guernsey County at 1:20 p.m., on March 10. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed four pounds of marijuana in a backpack in the vehicle’s truck. The contraband has a street value of more than $9,000. Troopers also located synthetic marijuana on the suspect. The driver, Brandon S. Walker, 33, of Hurricane, W. Va., was incarcerated in the Guernsey County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony.

March 9, 2014

Troopers stopped a 2000 Chevy Tahoe, with Pennsylvania registration, for a speed violation on the Ohio Turnpike, in Summit County at 5:36 p.m. on March 9. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 500 Hydrocodone pills in an unmarked pill bottle. The suspect was also found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana. The contraband has a street value of $5,000. The driver, Terence S. Lee, 48, of Washington, Pa., was incarcerated in the Summit County Jail and charged with possession of a Schedule II substance and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies.

March 7, 2014

Troopers stopped a 2005 Lincoln Town Car, with Michigan registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Portage County at 11:05 p.m. on March 7. Criminal indicators were observed and the suspect granted a consent search of the vehicle. Trooper located 11 Vicodin pills and four ounces of Khat, in three separate freezer bags in the passenger compartment. The contraband has a combined value of $3,500. Trooper also discovered $3,325 cash. The driver, Mohammed Ismael, 35, and passenger, Sam Ismael, 23, both of Roseville, Mich., were incarcerated in the Portage County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule IV substance and aggravated drug trafficking, both fourth-degree felonies.

Khat is a flowering evergreen shrub native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. The fresh leaves, twigs and shoots of the Khat shrub are chewed like tobacco and is considered a controlled substance.

March 6, 2014

Troopers stopped a 2014 Chevy Impala, with Ohio registration for an improper lane change and following too closely violations on Interstate 71 northbound, near milepost 180, in Ashland County at 4:11 p.m., on March 6. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed approximately one pound of marijuana, worth $5,000 in a vacuum sealed bag inside a suitcase in the vehicle’s trunk. Troopers also discovered $7,000 in the center console. The driver, James C. Davis Jr., 32, of Cleveland, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Ashland County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both fifth-degree felonies.

March 4, 2014

Troopers stopped a 2004 Honda SUV for a speed violation on Interstate 75, near mile post 199, in Wood County at 1:06 p.m. on March 4. Criminal indicators were observed and troopers detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search of the driver revealed a small amount of marijuana in the driver’s pocket. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed 326 (30mg) Oxycontin pills and 36 (10mg) Oxyconctin pills, worth more than $10,000. Troopers also seized $1,500.00 in cash.  The driver, Anthony Hutchins, 40, of Columbus, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking, both second-degree felonies.

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