VAN WERT – A man from Wyoming is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 353 grams of marijuana-laced brownies during a traffic stop in Van Wert County.
Troopers, with the assistance of the Van Wert Police Department, stopped a 1999 Ford F-350 pick-up truck for a following too close violation on US 30 eastbound, near milepost 14, in Van Wert County at 9:50 a.m. on April 6. The passenger was reaching for an object in the center console and would not obey officer orders to show his hands. The passenger was removed from the vehicle at which time a bag of suspected marijuana was observed in plain view. A probable cause search revealed approximately 353 grams of marijuana-laced brownies in the passenger compartment.
The passenger, Anthony Haire, 28, of Thermopolis, WY, was charged with possession of marijuana, a felony of the fifth degree.
The suspect was incarcerated in the Van Wert County Jail. If convicted, he could face up to one year in prison and up to a $2,500 fine.