$200,000 in pills and heroin seized in drug arrests

By Frank Lewis

December 5, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

LUCASVILLE — The Ohio State Highway Patrol has confiscated $200,000 in pills and heroin, and arrested two suspects in the process.

Two Michigan women are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized half a kilo of heroin, 4,500 Oxycodone pills, and 270 Oxymorphone pills with a combined street value of approximately $200,000 during a traffic stop on Wednesday in Scioto County.

Troopers stopped a 2013 Kia Sorento on U.S. 23 southbound, near Lucasville, at approximately 9:02 p.m. for several marked lanes violations. Troopers said they observed criminal indicators during the traffic stop and an odor of marijuana was detected coming from the passenger compartment of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed the contraband concealed inside a duffle bag.

The driver, Ashley Johnson, 24, and the passenger, Khadeja Avery, 26, both of Hamtramck, Mich., were charged with possession of a Schedule II substance, possession of heroin, and drug trafficking, all felonies of the first degree. Both were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail.

“That was pretty monumental,” Sergeant John Howard of the Portsmouth Post of the OSHP said. “When we look at the seizures that we make around here, we make a lot of what we call good drug busts. But this one is very significant. When you get 4,770 pills, we don’t get too many of those around here. It’s a good job by those guys out there working the roads. We’re glad to see our people doing what we get paid to do.”

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