May 5, 2016


Pills, cocaine confiscated in Turnpike busts




ELYRIA — State troopers seized $100,000 worth of cocaine and more than 300 prescription drugs in separate incidents from drivers along the Ohio Turnpike on Friday.

Troopers nabbed a kilo of cocaine after pulling over a Kia Optima around 12:20 p.m. near mile marker 134 for following too closely, according to the patrol.

The trooper who initiated the stop became suspicious and brought in a drug-sniffing dog that pointed out the drugs.

Clifton Hamilton, 36, and Taddeus Remington, 23, both of Niagara Falls, N.Y., were charged with possession of cocaine and trafficking in cocaine. They were taken to Lorain County Jail.

Troopers also seized 328 Vicodin and 40 Xanax pills after stopping a 2011 Ford Fusion for speeding near mile marker 146.

A drug-sniffing dog also alerted the officers to the pills, and Larry W. Nolan, 28, of Royal Oak, Mich., was charged with possession of a Schedule III controlled substance. He was also taken to county jail.