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Ohio troopers make major drug bust

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- Ohio Highway Patrol troopers confiscated two loaded guns, marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin, powder cocaine and thousands of illegal prescription pills on Tuesday, according to a news release.

Troopers stopped a 2006 Chevrolet with West Virginia plates for speeding Tuesday afternoon on U.S. 23. A drug-sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle and a search found 100 grams of marijuana, seven ounces of heroin, 14 ounces of cocaine and 6,500 prescription pills. The drugs have an estimated value of $175,000, according to the release.

Lenward W. Pulliam, 30, and a passenger, Harold W. Chapple, 25, both of Detroit, were lodged in the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of drugs, possession of cocaine and possession of heroin. If convicted, they could face up to 30 years in prison and be fined up to $60,000.

Tuesday evening, troopers stopped a 2012 Chevrolet Impala with Massachusetts plates for speeding. A drug-sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle. Troopers found two loaded weapons, 29 grams of crack cocaine and 45 grams of marijuana. The drugs have an estimated value of $10,000.

Leon Brihm, 22, the driver, and Jeffrey E. Howard, 24, of Columbus, were lodged in the Scioto County Jail on charges of drug abuse and having weapons while under disability. If convicted they could face up to 15 years in prison and fined up to $30,000.

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