Troopers find fraudulent credit cards and prescription pills during Turnpike traffic stop

WOOD COUNTY, Ohio (WTVG) - On December 1, 2017, troopers stopped a rented 2017 Ford Escape with Illinois registration for an improper lane change violation on Interstate 80 in Wood County. During interaction with the occupants, troopers detected an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a loaded handgun with a defaced serial number, multiple fraudulent credit cards and a label maker. While in the patrol vehicle, the driver attempted to conceal 90 Oxycodone pills and 112 Xanax pills. The contraband has an approximate street value of $3,425. The driver, Dennis Alexander, 23, of Leetsdale Pa., was charged with tampering with evidence, weapons under disability, possession and trafficking in oxycodone, all third-degree felonies, possession and trafficking in Xanax, and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, all fourth-degree felonies and possession of a defaced firearm, a first-degree misdemeanor. The passenger, Trevor Kitchen, 26, of Harrison Township, Mich., was charged with possession of criminal tools, forgery and receiving stolen property, all fifth-degree felonies. Both were incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center.