A Loveland woman has been charged with using and selling drugs as well as child endangerment. The woman was arrested on Feb. 26 after police received a tip from a South Lebanon White Castle customer that she seemed impaired while at the fast-food restaurant.
On Nov. 13, the Ohio Highway Patrol performed a traffic stop that resulted in a motorist being charged with multiple felony drug offenses. The traffic stop occurred on the southbound side of Interstate 75 nearby Troy. The statement issued by police the next day claimed that the vehicle was initially pulled over for following too close on the interstate. However, troopers claim to have picked up the scent of burnt marijuana as they approached the vehicle.
Law enforcement officials took a 29-year-old man into custody after they allegedly discovered a significant quantity of marijuana in his vehicle. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the discovery was made during an Oct. 17 traffic stop on Interstate 71. The 29-year-old man, a Cincinnati resident, is facing felony charges of drug trafficking and drug possession.
On Oct. 4, two people were taken into custody after troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol found crack cocaine on one of the individuals after conducting a traffic stop. The two individuals were identified as a 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman.
When a traffic stop is initiated in Ohio or anywhere else in the country, a search of the driver's vehicle is not automatic. Law enforcement officials must follow certain rules since protection from unlawful searches and seizures is a right guaranteed in the United States Constitution. If it is discovered that a search was not executed properly, any items discovered during that search may not be admissible in court. A District Court of Appeals in Ohio recently reiterated this constitutional protection by overturning a possession of prescription narcotics conviction.
A new Ohio law related to the drug and gun trade was recently used for the first time since it was passed last year. A driver was pulled over for following too closely and speeding. By the time the traffic stop was over, the man was arrested. Authorities wanted to arrest him on drug charges, but the only charge they could use was the fact that a hidden compartment was allegedly in the vehicle he was driving, which is illegal under this new law.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol received called about a vehicle driving erratically down Interstate 75. Troopers located the vehicle described by callers and pulled the vehicle over for a violation of marked lanes. This seemingly simple traffic stop ended up with the driver facing drug charges.