Pill stash allegedly recovered during I-80 traffic stop

Two Ohio men waived their right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday after a traffic stop allegedly yielded a stash of pills.

According to the criminal complaint filed by state police at Rockview, at about 7:50 a.m. Tuesday a trooper stopped a vehicle traveling 79 mph in a 70 mph zone along Interstate 80 in Marion Township. The driver and passenger were identified as Michael Lynch, 25, and Jonathan Lynch, 25, respectively, both of Cleveland.

The trooper allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, police said, and observed the driver to be “extremely nervous.” When asked, the driver told the trooper there “should not be any marijuana inside the vehicle.”

Troopers conducted a probable cause search, police said, allegedly locating several pill bottles with the name removed containing pills and additional plastic-wrapped pills in a cigarette box. According to the labels on the bottles, some pills were believed to be morphine and tramadol — both narcotics — and alprazolam — a sedative.

More than 150 pills were recovered from the vehicle, police said.

Both Michael and Jonathan Lynch were arraigned before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker, according to court documents, and charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana. Bail was set at $25,000 each.

Both waived their right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. The cases will move toward trial.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews