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Troopers seize kilo of coke on the Ohio Turnpike

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SOURCE: OHIO HIGHWAY PATROL SOURCE: OHIO HIGHWAY PATROL
LAKE TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) -

Two men are facing drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized a kilo of cocaine, worth approximately $100K during a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike.

Troopers stopped a rented 2013 Toyota Camry, with Illinois registration, for a marked lanes violation, on the Ohio Turnpike in Lake Township at 9:48 a.m. on January 30. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the cocaine inside a shoebox inside the vehicle's trunk.

The driver, Robert D. Hammond, 29, of Akron, and passenger, Eric M. Strickland, 45, of Chicago, Ill., were jailed in the Wood County Jail and charged with drug abuse and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies.

If convicted, each could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40K fine.

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