|COLUMBUS – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug |
charges against two Florida men after a traffic stop in Wood County.
During the traffic stop, troopers seized more than 4 pounds of cocaine
worth $84,000 and a loaded .380 handgun.
On February 5, at 3:43 p.m., troopers stopped a rented 2018 Ford F-150
with Florida registration for speed and unsafe lane change violations on
the Ohio Turnpike. Criminal indicators were observed and the driver was asked to exit the vehicle. During a consensual pat-down, 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, Fla., were incarcerated in the Wood County Jail and
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