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For Immediate Release: December 27, 2012
Contact: Lt. Anne R. Ralston (614) 752-2792

Troopers assist stranded motorist, find heroin and prescription pills

CINCINNATI – One man and two women from Kentucky are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 179 Xanax pills and 1.5 grams of heroin worth an estimated $7,100, while assisting a stranded motorist in Butler County.

Troopers stopped to assist a stranded motorist on southbound Interstate 75, milepost 22, at 3:45 p.m. on December 26. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the two female occupants were concealing the pills and heroin on their person.

The driver, Dorothy J. Stewart, 37, and passengers, Canrnell D. Hart, 23, and Chelsea N. Stewart, 20, all from Richmond, Ky., were incarcerated in the Butler County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony and aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony.

If convicted, each could face up to six years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.

Troopers encourage motorists to call #677 to report impaired driver or drug activity.
A photo of the seized contraband is available for download on the Patrol’s website at www.statepatrol.ohio.gov.

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