A New York man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than eight pounds of heroin, valued at approximately $600,000, following a traffic stop in Madison County.
On Feb. 7, at 12:10 p.m., troopers stopped a 2016 Chevrolet Cruz with Iowa registration for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70, near milepost 72.
Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.
The driver, Santos Staling, 40, of Bronx, N.Y., was incarcerated in the Tri-County Regional Jail and charged with possession of cocaine and heroin, both first-degree felonies.
If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine.