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For Immediate Release: May 25, 2012
Contact: Lt. William Stidham (419) 422-6477

Flat tire leads Patrol to more than 3,500 Rx pills – worth $50,000 – in Hancock County

FINDLAY – A man from Detroit, Mich., is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 3,578 illegal prescription pills, worth an estimated $50,000, after stopping to assist a motorist in Hancock County.

Troopers stopped with a rented 2012 Toyota Rav 4, which had experienced a flat tire southbound on Interstate 75, near milepost 150, at 9 a.m. this morning. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Hancock County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 1,437 Oxycodone pills, 1,672 Lortab pills and 479 Xanax pills.

The driver, Joaquin Jamal Franklin, 38, was charged with two-counts of possession of drugs, one a first-degree felony and the other as a second-degree felony.

The suspect was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to 18 years in prison and up to a $35,000 fine.

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