Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol have filed felony drug charges against two Florida men after a traffic stop in Wood County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized four pounds of cocaine, valued at $84,000, and a loaded .380 handgun.
On February 5, at 3:43 pm troopers stopped a rented 2018 Ford F-150 truck with Florida registration for speed and unsafe lane change violations on the Ohio Turnpike.
Troopers say criminal indicators were observed and the driver was asked to exit the vehicle. During a consensual pat-down, troopers say, a loaded .380 handgun was located on the driver. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed the contraband.
The driver, Nelson Lopez III, 21, and passenger, Nelson Lopez Jr., 41, both of Zephyrhills, Florida, were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail.
Both Lopez III and Lopez Jr. were charged with possession and trafficking in cocaine, both first-degree felonies. If convicted, each could face up to 22 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.