MIAMI COUNTY — Troopers from the Piqua post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol seized more than $20,000 in drugs during a recent traffic stop.
On May 9, around 10:30 p.m., troopers stopped a 2008 Chrysler Sebring with Tennessee registration for lane and turn violations on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 82, outside Piqua, according to reports.
Criminal indicators were observed and a patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed two boxes containing multiple bags of vacuum-sealed hydroponic marijuana and 28 grams of solid hashish, worth $20,370.
The driver, Ali Hassan Daher, 31, from Madison, Tenn., was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.
He was originally charged with trafficking in marijuana, a third-degree felony, trafficking in hashish, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.
Daher has since been released on $100,000 bond.
On May 19, Daher waived a preliminary hearing and the case has been bound over to Common Pleas Court, according to court documents. He is expected to plea by Bill of Information to an ammended charge of attempted possession of drugs, a fourth-degree felony, to one of the trafficking charges, while the two others were dismissed.