Traffic stops lead to drug arrests
Two separate traffic stops Tuesday night in Scioto County, Ohio, netted five arrests and the seizure of thousands of dollars worth of drugs.
According to Lt. K.M. Taulbee of the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, the first traffic stop occurred about 8 p.m. near Portsmouth when officers pulled over a 2001 Cadillac heading south on U.S. 23. During a search of the vehicle, the officers found 1,004 oxycodone pills with a street value of more than $24,000, Taulbee said.
Dennis G. Hurd, 56, and Steven T. Washington, 25, both of South Point, Ohio, and William D. Whitfield, 28, of Huntington were arrested and charged with possession of oxycodone and drug trafficking.
At about 9:15 p.m., Highway Patrol officers pulled over a 2012 Ford Fusion heading south on U.S. 23 near Lucasville. A search of the vehicle revealed that it was carrying two ounces of heroin and two ounces of heroin. The drugs have a street value of about $13,000, Taulbee said. Arrested were James D. Crocker, 33, and Dicey D. Deselle, 21, both of Detroit. They were charged with trafficking and possession of heroin and cocaine.
All five people arrested were taken to the Scioto County Jail. No further information was available.