939 pounds of nitrous oxide seized during Summit County traffic stop

RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A man is facing felony charges after the Ohio State Highway Patrol said troopers seized 939 pounds of nitrous oxide during a traffic stop.

According to a press release, on April 3, at around 3:06 p.m., troopers stopped a rented 2017 Ford Expedition with New York registration for a marked-lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike in Summit County.  The highway patrol said "criminal indicators were observed" and a patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle.

The highway patrol said nitrous oxide valued at about $177,471 was found, along with a baggie of marijuana.

courtesy: Ohio State Highway Patrol

The driver, Evangelos R. Scullion, 41, of Dansville, New York,  was taken to the Summit County Jail. He was charged with trafficking in harmful intoxicants, which is a fourth-degree felony.

Scullion faces up to 18 months in prison and up to a $5,000 fine if he is convicted.