$70K of Cocaine Seized During Traffic Stop

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ELYRIA, Ohio — A traffic stop for speeding along the Ohio Turnpike resulted in Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seizing nearly $70,000 worth of cocaine, authorities say.

The traffic stop occurred in Lorain County on December 1, at approximately 12:47 p.m. according to a press release from the OSP. Two men from New York were in a rented 2011 Chevrolet Impala when troopers stopped the vehicle as it headed east on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 139.

The release states that troopers noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car and a probable cause search was conducted. The search revealed a pound-and-a-half of cocaine in the trunk area of the vehicle, as well as a small amount of marijuana. The cocaine is valued at around $70,000, authorities say.

The men have been charged with possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony. If convicted, they could each face up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.