PDT Staff Writer
Two traffic stops in Scioto County within six hours of each other Tuesday yielded two loaded guns, marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin, cocaine and thousands of illegal prescription pills.
At 1:54 p.m. troopers stopped a 2006 Chevrolet, with West Virginia registration, for a speed violation, on U.S. 23, near Milepost 15. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 100 grams of marijuana, seven ounces of heroin, 14 ounces of cocaine and 6,500 illegal prescription pills, worth an estimated $175,000.
The driver, Lenward W. Pulliam, 30, and a passenger, Harold W. Chapple, 25, both of Detroit, Michigan, were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule II substance, possession of cocaine, and possession of heroin, all first-degree felonies. If convicted they could each face up to 30 years in prison and up to a $60,000 fine.
Roughly six hours later, at 7:48 p.m. troopers stopped a 2012 Chevrolet Impala, with Massachusetts registration, for a speed violation on U.S. 23 near Milepost 8. Criminal indicators were again observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a loaded Springfield XD 40 caliber, a loaded .38 Special, 29 grams of crack cocaine and 45 grams of marijuana. The drugs have an estimated value of nearly $10,000.
The driver, Leon Brihm 22, and passenger, Jeffrey E. Howard, 24, both of Columbus, were incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail and charged with drug abuse, a first-degree felony and having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony. If convicted they could each face up to 15 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at email@example.com