October 30, 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.


  • Traci Anne Wolford

    If it were legalized, more tax dollars wouldn’t be wasted on something as non-threatening as a plant. smh…

  • Bob Dobbs
    • Phil Blank

      Did you just learn this?
      The rest of us knew about this back in 1963, they even warned us!
      Look it up: Outer Limits O.B.I.T
      “They just can’t stop watching!”

    • Immortal Illumined

      everyone from cali knows this…the tech boys can hack anything….anything

  • Otter

    When will they learn? Don’t use the Turnpike…seems like there are a lot of simple traffic stops, that turn into drug busts. Just lucky, (or unlucky depending on who you are) or do the SHP know who they are looking for?

    • Mark B

      Why do they never find hard drugs ?

      • Otter

        The have, 2 million dollars worth, last Sept.

        • Hsiled Sis

          2 million dollars worth, huh?

          How do you know it was 2 million dollars? Oh yea, THEY told us.

          Guess I am going to start telling my boss how much I get paid.

          • Otter

            What do you think the street value of 42lbs of cocaine, and 2lbs of heroin might be worth? “THEY” may have bit more credibility in that area than those of us who don’t deal with it.
            As for your boss, good luck with that, I’m sure they’ll get a good laugh.

    • HankKwah

      You’re kidding, right? Cops get tips about folks like these and know when they’re coming. They follow just close enough to watch them until they screw up, and then the lights go on and they pull the car over.

      • Otter

        Wel, Duh.

        • HankKwah

          Kinda what I was saying to you.

    • Michele From Ohio

      My guess is there was a tip off.

  • tickmeoff

    Criminal indicators. One would have to assume out of state plate, dirty car, extremely dirty car and number one on the list….They look like they haven’t washed in two weeks! One has to understand law enforcement could care less about the constitution, just as soon spit on it…..

  • tickmeoff

    Hence the seat belt law. I don’t have a problem going after the criminal element, but when they go after the general public, their power needs to be reined in.
    They are creating a real resentment. Are they our protectors or just government agents. In my lifetime they have changed to the degree that i am no longer on their side, and I treat them like I would any criminal. I show respect but I highly distrust them.The highway patrol on Elyria avenue instead of on a state highway is proof of their distaste for us. It’s a shame when your own government behaves like the criminal element, it supposedly is protecting us from. The highway patrol belongs on state highways, not on side streets. The side streets are already patrolled by the city police and county Sheriff’s. Their name needs to be changed to better reflect who they are….perhaps State Police, since they are no longer just on state highways.

    • Mark B

      More like the Ohio Gestapo

    • John Boy

      New name for the Ohio Highway Patrol. The Ohio Highway Tax collectors. They are only looking to liberate more of your money from your possession. I’m all for police work and enforcing the laws, but is sitting in a median writing a ticket for someone going 10 over the speed limit really “law enforcement” or to “protect and serve”? They might get “lucky” every once in a while and catch someone stupid transporting a little weed, but I don’t think 1.5 lbs of weed makes these people “major” suppliers. Anyone who is transporting drugs and has a brain would have a decent car and drive 5 over and follow the flow of traffic, so they catch the dumb ones.

      • Wheresmypocketprotector

        They stopped me for going 44 in a 40…

    • Peggy Schaffer

      You are so right. It’s become a major cash cow.

  • Frederich Handle

    What I find fascinating is the fact we all know they bring in drug sniffing dogs right? So how smart were they to enclose the drugs in dog food bags? I bet the dogs were not after the drugs, they just wanted the dog food!

    • Otter

      My guess is they thought they were smarter than the dogs….turns out not so much. Question, did they even have a dog with them?

      • Michele From Ohio

        I hope not. Cops love to shoot dogs during drug busts :(

    • Sis Delish

      They say the dog alerts on whatever they want….cause only a “trained” handler will know what they do.
      All a racket, lies and deception.

      • Sis Delish

        Above Sis Delish with profile including the word “Assassin” is a Troll Expert in pilfering the names of other C-T Posters, fyi…

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

    • Otter

      Light up another one, and post that same post another 2000 times…it appears you have toasted some brain cells.

      • jz

        Stereotyping Otter. Everybody who drinks alcohol is Otis on Mayberry? I,m sure you have seen some television shows where every possible type of person, educated or otherwise is shown smoking weed. Most, like 90 percent are not the burned out hippie looking Joe or Jane.

        • Otter

          How was I stereotyping? My response was to a specific person, regarding a specific post. I made no reference to any one else, or any group of people, i.e.., I never used the phrase burned out hippie, you did, I made no mention of anyone drinking alcohol, you did, I never mentioned alcohol That Otis on Mayberry reference is all you.

          • jz

            You readily implied at the least that a marijuana smoker has “toasted brain cells” and would post the same thing 2000 times. And I don’t see how an analogy that anyone who drinks alcohol is a drunkard like “Otis” is much different to what you said regarding a person who “Lights up another one”. Yes the Immortal comment is rather lengthy. I see your point though.

          • Otter

            I implied nothing, except that particular person had some toasted brain cells, not marijuana smokers in general. I did not imply that they would post the same comments over 2000 times, they did, you can check it out yourself. The Otis comment was at best irrelevant.
            I am sorry if my comment has offended you in any way, it was not directed at you, or anyone else other than the Immortal one.

          • jz

            Got it. Wow. That’s 2 of your posts I’ve responded too a day late and a dollar short. I,m not offended at all. It’s just that too many people do stereotype marijuana smokers as Cheech and Chong burnouts, I missed [again] that you were commenting more on the other lengthy diatribe instead of marijuana itself. I,ve smoked occasionally but prefer 3-4 beers. It’s too strong today and I,m not in my 20′s anymore.

  • angelandfire

    When are we going to start acting like adults with brains and stop arresting people for pot? Ridiculous. This has to stop.

  • Lydia Sinclair

    This isn’t worth the newsprint. Just legalize and go after the dope that kills people

  • Michele From Ohio

    Why would they hide their stash in a dog food bag? That’s what the cop dog was going for in the first place :facepalm:

    Plus, I wanna know what the so called ‘criminal indicators were observed’ were. A Bob Marley CD? One of the so called perps wearing a Grateful Dead t shirt.? These type of arrests are a waste of our tax dollars.