Two Ohio residents
were arrested on charges of intent to distribute marijuana after police
located 12 pounds of marijuana inside the rear of a vehicle during a traffic
stop, Portage Police said.
police, at 11:58 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, motorist Michael D. Sabia, 31,
of Massillon, Ohio, was stopped on the Portage exit ramp onto the Interstate
80/90 Toll Road after an officer clocked him traveling 50 miles per hour in
a 40 mph posted zone.
Police said that
Sabia and his passenger Carl Lewis Herman, 33, of Massillon, Ohio, appeared
“nervous’ and would not make eye contact.
Sabia advised they
were driving back home to Ohio from Nevada having “missed a flight,” police
When questioned if
he had anything illegal inside the vehicle, Sabia produced a partially
smoked marijuana cigarette he had in his phone case and advised police that
Herman had a “joint” in his pocket, police said.
“uttered” to police “pounds, under the suitcase” and police subsequently
located two large plastic duffle bags containing smaller, individual bags of
marijuana underneath a mid-sized suitcase with the assistance of a K-9 unit,
Police said they
also found two small cardboard boxes containing five syringes with “clear
liquid and black particles” inside them.
Both Sabia and
Herman were transported to Porter County Jail and were charged with
possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Sabia was issued a
citation for speeding while Herman was additionally charged with resisting
One of the large
bags recovered contained 6.9 pounds of marijuana and the other contained 5.1
pounds for a collective weight of 12 pounds, police said. The street value
of the marijuana was estimated by police at up to $45,000.
Chief Troy Williams issued a statement today which said, “The ability to
intercept illegal drug activity is vital to combating this issue. The
arrests of Cpl. (James) Eagen with assistance from Officers (Richard) Krieg
and (Richard) Schmitt while working with the HITDA Initiative serve as a
reminder that at any time the transportation of large quantities of illegal
drugs are occurring on our intestates and highways. If we are all able to
make even a small dent then we have served our profession well.”
“This also goes to
show the importance of having K-9 units on our force. This was exemplary
police work by all involved,” Williams said.