OSHP troopers seize guns, drugs after traffic stops in Scioto County
PORTSMOUTH – Two traffic stops in Scioto County within six hours of each other Tuesday yielded two loaded guns, marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin, powder cocaine and thousands of illegal prescription pills.
At 1:54 p.m., troopers stopped a 2006 Chevrolet, with West Virginia registration, for a speed violation, on U.S. Route 23. Criminal indicators were observed and a patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable-cause search revealed 100 grams of marijuana, seven ounces of heroin, 14 ounces of cocaine and 6,500 illegal prescription pills, worth an estimated $175,000.
The driver, Lenward W. Pulliam, 30, and passenger, Harold W. Chapple, 25, both of Detroit, were taken to the Scioto County Jail and charged with possession of a schedule II substance, possession of cocaine, and possession of heroin, all first-degree felonies.
Roughly six hours later, at 7:48 p.m., troopers stopped a 2012 Chevrolet Impala, with Massachusetts registration, for a speed violation on Route 23. Criminal indicators were observed and a patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable-cause search revealed a loaded Springfield XD 40 caliber, a loaded .38 Special, 29 grams of crack cocaine and 45 grams of marijuana. The drugs have an estimated value of nearly $10,000.
The driver, Leon Brihm 22, and passenger, Jeffrey E. Howard, 24, both of Columbus, were taken to the Scioto County Jail and charged with drug abuse, a first-degree felony, and illegal possession of weapons, a third-degree felony.