October 31, 2014


Two arrested on drug charges following Turnpike traffic stop

April D Laster

April D Laster

Otis Newton

Otis Newton

Two out-of-state residents were charged with drug possession after a traffic stop Tuesday on the Ohio Turnpike.

State Highway Patrol troopers stopped a 2011 Chevy Impala with Michigan registration for speed and following too closely at about 8 a.m. in Lorain County.

Troopers observed what they deemed criminal indicators, and a drug-sniffing canine alerted to the presence of drugs on the vehicle, according to the Patrol. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a half-a-pound of cocaine and 253 Oxycodone pills with a street value of $30,000.

Otis Newton, 47, of Kansas City, Kan., and April Laster, 25, of East Point, Mich., were charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies; and possession and trafficking in a schedule II substance, both second-degree felonies.

Both were incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail.


  • ekwaykway

    Cute couple. :o

  • Zen Grouch

    I’d love to see the cops pistol whip these low life scum to within an inch of their deaths…

    I hate it when people follow too closely like you’ll speed up if they ride your a**.

  • Cala

    With the entire stretch of turnpike that exists between wherever they were coming and michigan, theyre probable endpoint, how funny is it that they were stopped in Lorain County. Interestingly enough, most drug related stops occur on that small strip of turnpike.