Troopers find drugs on interstate

SIDNEY — A traffic stop near State Route 47 on Interstate 75 on Sept. 1, 2017 resulted in Ohio State Patrol troopers seizing 210 grams of heroin.

Troopers stopped a rented 2017 Ford Expedition with Michigan registration for a following too close violation on I75 in Shelby County, and observed criminal indicators.

A patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 210 grams of heroin, worth $37,380 in the vehicle.

The driver, Thomas J. Kitchen, 45, of Erie, Pennsylvania, was charged with possession of heroin, a first-degree felony. Troopers were assisted by the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force, Anna Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Ohio.

Kitchen is facing charges in the Southern District Court of Ohio.

Staff report