For Immediate Release: June 27, 2012
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792
#677 tip-line leads Patrol to 32 kilos of cocaine in Clark County
SPRINGFIELD – A man from Canada is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 32 kilos of cocaine, worth an estimated $2.8 million, after receiving an anonymous tip from a caller on the Patrol’s #677 tip-line.
Troopers received a call from an individual reporting suspicious activity along the Interstate 70 corridor involving a commercial tractor trailer. Troopers responded to the area and observed the white 2003 Freightliner on Interstate 70 eastbound. The commercial vehicle was stopped for a marked lanes violation at 2 a.m. this morning near milepost 68. Criminal indicators were observed and a Springfield Police Department drug-sniffing canine was called to the scene to assist. The canine alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed the 32 kilos of cocaine in the sleeper area of the tractor trailer.
The driver, Suhksimrat Sing Pawar, 30, of Cambridge, Ontario, was incarcerated in the Clark County Jail and charged with possession of cocaine and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies.
If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.
Governor Kasich introduced the #677 tip-line earlier this year in an effort aide in Ohio’s war on drug trafficking. As always, the public is encouraged to use this number to report drug activity or impaired driving.
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