PIQUA – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against an Ohio man after a traffic stop in Miami County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 74 grams of crystal methamphetamine valued at approximately $3,945.
On May 19, at 11:25 a.m., troopers stopped a 2004 Jeep Cherokee with Ohio registration for a registration violation on Interstate 75 near milepost 73. While interacting with the driver, troopers observed a rifle sticking out from behind a seat. The driver admitted the rifle was loaded. A search of the vehicle revealed a backpack with a .380 caliber handgun, 74 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a scale, packaging materials and numerous pieces of paraphernalia.
The driver, Brian Roose, 36, of Edgerton, was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in methamphetamine, both second-degree felonies; two counts of improper handling of a firearm, both fourth-degree felonies; possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony; and possession of drug abuse instrument, a second-degree misdemeanor.
If convicted, he could face up to 31 years in prison and up to a $42,500 fine.
Last year, troopers removed more than 145 pounds of methamphetamine from Ohio’s roadways. You can help contribute to a safer Ohio by calling #677 to report drug activity and dangerous or impaired driving.