October 23, 2014

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Troopers seize crack cocaine, marijuana in separate traffic stops

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AMHERST — State troopers found crack cocaine and marijuana during two traffic stops yesterday in Lorain County — within a mile and two hours of each other.

At 3:55 p.m., troopers stopped a 2010 Hyundai Accent, with Maryland registration, for a marked lanes violation, on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 133. While speaking with the driver, troopers smelled marijuana, and a probable cause search revealed a pound of high-grade marijuana, worth $7,500.

The driver, Eric Campbell, 35, of Owen Hills, Md., was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and aggravated drug trafficking, both fifth-degree felonies.

If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

Approximately two hours later, at 5:51 p.m., troopers stopped a 2003 Chevy Silverado, with Pennsylvania registration, for a marked lanes violation on the Ohio Turnpike, near milepost 134. Troopers saw marijuana residue on the floor of the vehicle causing a search revealing five ounces of crack cocaine, worth more than $15,000.

The driver, Zollie M. Talley, 66, of New Castle, Pa., was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of crack cocaine and aggravated drug trafficking, both first-degree felonies. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Talley was also driving with a suspended license.

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