Troopers Bust Men with Kilo of Cocaine

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LAKE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Two men are facing felony drug charges after troopers seized a kilo of cocaine, worth about $100,000 during a traffic stop.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the incident happened just before 10 a.m. Wednesday on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 74 in Lake Township.

Troopers stopped a rented 2013 Toyota Camry with Illinois registration for a marked lanes violation. That’s when, OSHP officials say, they observed “criminal indicators” and sent a drug-sniffing canine to the car.

A search revealed the cocaine inside a shoebox in the trunk.

Arrested were Robert D. Hammond, 29, of Akron and Eric M. Strickland, 45, of Chicago, Ill. They are both charged with felony drug abuse and trafficking and are being held in the Wood County Jail.

If convicted, the men could each face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.