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Troopers seize kilo of cocaine on Ohio Turnpike

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LAKE TWP. – Two men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized a kilo of cocaine, worth approximately $100,000 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, near milepost 74, 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, Ohio, and passenger, Eric M. Strickland, 45, of Chicago, Ill., were incarcerated 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 $40,000 fine.

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