Scioto Country Traffic Stop Results in Drug Charges Filed Against Two Men

Two out-of-state men are facing felony drug charges as the result of a traffic stop in Scioto County.

The State Patrol reports that Troopers stopped a 2021 Nissan Altima with Ohio plates for a marked lane violation along State Route 823 shortly before midnight on Sunday, August 29th.

Troopers observed a firearm between the center console and detected an odor of marijuana coming from the occupants of the vehicle.

A probable cause search revealed 64 grams of suspected crack cocaine and 10 grams of suspected heroin on the driver, Jerome Simpson, 35, of Huntington, West Virginia. Troopers also located 20 grams of marijuana inside the car. They also seized a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun.

Simpson, and his passenger, Bershawn Bailey, 28, of Inkster, Michigan, have each been charged with first-degree felony possession of cocaine, third-degree felony possession of heroin and third-degree felony possession of weapons under disability.

If convicted, each could face up to 17years in prison and a fine of up to $40,000.

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