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  For Immediate Release: December 7, 2016
Contact: Lieutenant Jon Payer (937) 773-0242

Troopers seize nearly 27 pounds of methamphetamine in Preble County traffic stop

EATON – A man and a woman from California are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized nearly 27 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at approximately $1 million, following a traffic stop in Preble County.

On December 2, 2016, at 12:25 a.m., troopers stopped a 2010 Chevy Aveo, with California registration, for a no turn signal violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 10. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.

The driver, Fidel Rodriguez Gomez, 26, of Gridley, Calif., and passenger, Bridget J. Morales, 28, of Yuba City, Calif., were incarcerated in the Preble County Jail. Each were charged with possession of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. Gomez was also charged with improper lane change, a minor misdemeanor.

If convicted, each could face up to 11 years in prison and up to a $22,500 fine.


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