Two men are facing felony drug charges as the result of a traffic stop in Pickaway County from over the weekend.
According to Pickaway County Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff, on Saturday, March 7th at around 1:45 a.m.. Deputies Seth Thomas and Ryan Howard initiated a traffic stop on a 2004 Saturn operated by Jeffrey O. Linton, 45, of Wellston for a traffic violation. The Saturn was stopped on U.S. Route 23 near the area of Island Road.
The two deputies made contact with Mr. Linton and his passenger, Scottie D. McClaskey 48, of Colton. A third deputy Sgt Kyle Eveland, assisted at the scene by running his K9 partner Edguy around the Saturn for a free air sniff. K9 Officer Edguy alerted on the vehicle.
The deputies searched the inside of the Saturn and located a plastic cup sitting in the vehicle’s center console. Inside the plastic cup they located a plastic bag containing approximately 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine.
Both Mr. Linton and Mr. McClaskey were placed under arrest and taken to the Pickaway County Jail. They were each charged with Trafficking in a Schedule I or II Drug and Possession of a Schedule I or II Drug, both Felonies of the 2nd Degree.
The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with drug tips to please contact the Sheriff’s Office via their anonymous tips line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Without the help of the communities’ tips, Sheriff Radcliff says they would not be successful in their efforts of keeping the community safe and fighting drug abuse.