Two West Virginia men are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized two ounces of heroin worth $10,000 following a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike in Lorain County, authorities said today.
Troopers stopped a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt with West Virginia registration for a turn signal violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Lorain County at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday. During interaction with the driver, troopers noticed marijuana residue on the floorboard and on the passenger's clothes, said Lt. Michael Combs.
A probable cause search revealed heroin inside the console of the vehicle.
The driver, James Jarrell, 26, of Charleston, and the passenger, Nicholas Hitchcock, 21, of Cross Lanes, were arrested and taken to the Lorain County Jail, he said. They are charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both second-degree felonies. If convicted, each man could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.