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For Immediate Release: May 3, 2012
Contact: Lt. Brant Zemelka (419) 228-7072

Troopers seize $17,000 worth of Codeine concealed as bottled beverages

LIMA – A Missouri woman is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 5 bottles of concealed Codeine, worth an estimated $17,000, following a traffic stop on Interstate 75.

Troopers stopped to assist a rented 2012 Jeep Patriot after a traffic complaint was reported on Interstate 75 and the vehicle was seen on the side of the road, near milepost 133, at approximately 7:20 p.m. on May 1. Troopers observed a strong odor of raw marijuana when approaching the vehicle and the renter of the vehicle was not present. A probable cause search revealed five 24 ounce bottles of Codeine hidden in a cooler in the backseat. The Codeine was concealed in various bottles, being passed off as grape soda and/or iced tea. Through officer training and expertise, troopers were able to identify the substance by its unusually dark color and the uneven fill of the bottles.

The driver, Leticia Shante Hicks-Hudson, 23, of St. Louis, Mo., was charged with possession of a schedule V substance, a third-degree felony. The suspect was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.



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