$4,000 Worth Of Pills Found During Traffic Stop

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A minor traffic violation resulted in a major drug bust Thursday afternoon on U.S. 23 at Huston Road.

Deputy Erick Eberhard said he stopped Rhonda S. Freeman, 54, of Cleveland, for a stop sign violation at 4:46 p.m., but immediately noticed she was acting nervous.

“She couldn’t say where she was going,” he said. “She said she was going to a friend’s house but could only give me the first name.”

He had Freeman and her 33-year-old male passenger exit the vehicle so canine Turpin could conduct a free air search, which indicated drugs were possibly in the vehicle.

An interior search of the vehicle revealed Freeman had more than 200 prescription pills, including Percocet, Xanax and Oxycotin, in her purse as well as $825 cash and a small baggie of marijuana.

Eberhard said Freeman took responsibility for the drugs, which have an estimated street value of $4,000. Her passenger, who did not have a valid driver’s license, was released and her vehicle was impounded.

She was taken to jail on five counts of felony-three trafficking scheduled II drugs and two counts of felony-five trafficking scheduled IV drugs.

Circleville Police assisted at the scene.