December 21, 2014

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Two West Virginia residents charged with trafficking marijuana

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized this marijuana after a stop on the Ohio Turnpike. COURTESY PHOTO

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized this marijuana after a stop on the Ohio Turnpike. COURTESY PHOTO

Two West Virginia residents were arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike.

At about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stopped a 2003 Dodge Caravan with West Virginia plates for a marked lanes violation on the Turnpike eastbound near milepost 134 in Lorain County.

While troopers talked to the occupants — Heather Zema, 33, and Jeffrey Taylor, 32, — criminal indicators were observed, and a drug-sniffing canine alerted on the vehicle, according to a release from the Patrol. A probable cause search of the vehicle found 1.5 pounds of high-grade marijuana inside two vacuum-sealed bags hidden inside a dog food bag in the rear cargo area of the vehicle. The street value of the marijuana is about $3,750, according to the Patrol.

Zema and Taylor, both of New Cumberland, W.Va., were charged with possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony, and trafficking marijuana, a fourth-degree felony. They were both taken to the Lorain County Jail.