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Women busted with heroin on the turnpike

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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 for a vehicle defect violation, on State Route 39 just before 3 a.m. Tuesday. Criminal indicators were observed and a Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A 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, and passenger, Jessica A. Jasper, 26, were charged with possession and trafficking in heroin.

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.

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