AKRON, Ohio - An Akron man faces felony drugs charges after troopers say they seized a loaded handgun and a slew of drugs during an OVI checkpoint in Summit County.
The Canton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said 23-year-old Noah Eskridge entered the checkpoint on South Main Street in Akron at approximately 11:59 p.m. Friday. Troopers said in their interaction with Eskridge they detected to smell of alcohol and marijuana. When asked if he had marijuana, they said Eskridge voluntarily surrendered a small bag containing marijuana, weighing a gram, from the pocket of his shorts.
A probably cause search revealed Eskridge had eight grams of heroin, 18 ecstasy pills and a small scale on him, as well as a loaded 9 mm handgun beneath the driver's seat in his car, according to troopers. They estimated the contraband has a street value of $1,400.
Eskridge was put in the Summit County Jail and charged with two third-degree felonies, possession and trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony of carrying a concealed weapon, and a fourth-degree misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, along with an OVI charge.
He could face as many as 11-and-half years in prison and as much as a $25,000 fine if convicted.