$10,000 worth of heroin seized during Lorain County traffic stop

VERMILION, Ohio - Two West Virginia men face felony drug charges after a bust on the Ohio Turnpike in Lorain County Tuesday afternoon.

Highway Patrol troopers took two ounces of heroin, worth $10,000, from a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt that they stopped for a turn signal violation at 12:12 p.m. near milepost 136.

In their interaction with the driver, troopers said they noticed marijuana residue on the floorboard and the passenger's clothes. A probable cause search revealed the heroin inside the car's console.

Both the driver  James Jarrell, 26, of Charleston, W.Va., and passenger, Nicholas Hitchcock, 21, of Cross Lanes, W. Va., were charged with  possession and trafficking in heroin and put in Lorain County Jail.

The two men could face as many as 16 years in prison and as much as a $30,000 fine if convicted.


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