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For Immediate Release: January 3, 2014
Contact: Lt. Mark A. Glennon (330) 339-2072

Troopers seize $182,000 worth of heroin in Tuscarawas County

 

NEW PHILADELPHIA – Two women are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than a pound of heroin, worth approximately $182,000, following a traffic stop in Tuscarawas County.

Troopers stopped a 1999 Ford Escort, bearing Ohio registration, for a vehicle defect violation, on State Route 39, near milepost 13, at 2:56 a.m. today. Criminal indicators were observed and a Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed more than a pound of heroin underneath the passenger’s seat, along with a marijuana smoking pipe.

The driver, Jacqueline C. Couch, 25, of Bethesda, Ohio, and passenger, Jessica A. Jasper, 26, of Belmont, Ohio, were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Both suspects were incarcerated in the Tuscarawas County Jail. If convicted, each could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.

A photo of the seized contraband is available for download on the Patrol’s website at www.statepatrol.ohio.gov

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