For Immediate Release: February 14, 2017
Contact: Sergeant Kurt Beidelschies (419) 304-3114
Troopers seize $600,000 worth of cocaine and heroin in Madison County traffic stop
SOMERFORD TOWNSHIP – A New York man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than 6 pounds of cocaine and 2 pounds of heroin, valued at approximately $600,000, following a traffic stop in Madison County.
On February 7, 2017 at 12:10 p.m., troopers stopped a 2016 Chevrolet Cruz with Iowa registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 72. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.
The driver, Santos Staling, 40, of Bronx, N.Y., was incarcerated in the Tri-County Jail and charged with possession of cocaine and heroin, both first-degree felonies.
If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.
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