COLUMBUS – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed a felony drug charge against an Arizona man and woman after a stop in Madison County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized more than 2 pounds of heroin worth approximately $50,000.
On March 4, at 1:11 p.m., troopers stopped a 2015 Ford Focus with Arizona registration for a speed violation on Interstate 70. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing cocaine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed the contraband in a backpack in the trunk.
The suspects, Rena Valadez, 20, and Frank Brooks, 30, of Coolidge, Ariz., was incarcerated in the Tri-County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a first-degree felony.
If convicted, each could face up to 11 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.