CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – A traffic stop using a K-9 led MPs to arrest two suspected drug traffickers in Ravenna Township on December 23, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office confirmed .
Sheriff Zuchowski’s newly established PACE Interdiction Team and the Portage County Sheriff’s Office Drugs and Violent Crime Unit have halted traffic in the Hayes area Avenue and State Route 5, the PSCO said.
The PSCO said MPs identified the two occupiers as Derrick Keep of Kinsman and Elmer Porterfield III of Sharon, Pa.
Porterfield had two active arrest warrants for his arrest via Trumbull County, the PSCO said.
K-9 Karo of the K9 Unit of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office alerted MPs to the smell of illegal narcotics inside the car, prompting Dep. James and Dep. Bradley to conduct a search, according to PSCO.
The PCSO said MPs found a plastic bag containing about five ounces of methamphetamine in a compartment hidden behind the dashboard that was accessed through the glove compartment.
Porterfield and Keep were arrested and charged with methamphetamine trafficking, aggravated drug possession and concealing compartments in vehicles, the PCSO has confirmed.
“Good job to Deputy James, Deputy Bradley and K-9 Karo on this arrest!” The PCSO congratulated.
The PACE Interdiction Team along with the Portage County Sheriff’s Office Drugs and Violent Crime Unit are committed to protecting the residents of Portage County from dangerous narcotics and violent crime. “Said the PSCO. “If there is any drug or violence related activity that you are aware of or are suspicious of, contact the Drugs and Violent Crime Unit of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office at 330 296-8626. “
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