December 19, 2014

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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.