By RYAN DUNN
A Detroit man has been indicted following a heroin seizure that the State Highway Patrol is calling its largest in Hancock County in years.
Christopher D. Triplett, 42, was found with 2 pounds of heroin, worth an estimated $136,000, during a Sunday morning traffic stop on Interstate 75 near U.S. 224, according to the Findlay patrol post.
A Hancock County grand jury on Tuesday indicted Triplett on a first-degree felony charge of heroin possession.
Trooper Matthew Geer said he searched the rented 2014 Ford Contour after a Findlay police drug-sniffing dog alerted to the car.
A rental vehicle has relatively few locations to hide drugs because drivers are not permitted to alter the car, Geer said.
The heroin was found underneath the air filter in the engine compartment, Geer said.
“It’s definitely good to get it off the street, especially something of this high value,” Geer said.
The last time there was a larger heroin bust in Hancock County was 2004, said Lt. Matthew Crow, commander of the post.
Separately, Mark J. Nour, 30, of Garner, North Carolina, was charged with marijuana possession, a third-degree felony, after a traffic stop on I-75 near U.S. 224 a couple of days earlier.
On Friday, Nour allegedly had four pounds of vacuum-sealed bags of hydroponic marijuana, worth about $18,100, according to the State Highway Patrol.
Separately, a Findlay man faces a second-degree felony charge of felonious assault.
Dylan B. Skaggs, 22, allegedly harmed another man with a beer mug on Aug. 4 in the city.
The grand jury indicted 10 others on Tuesday.
- Gregory L. Stevens Jr. 19, and James M. Ramirez, 21, both of Findlay, were charged with burglary, a second-degree felony. Stevens and Ramirez on Aug. 8 allegedly trespassed at a residence at 523 W. Lincoln St. to commit theft.
- Jolisha L. McDonald, 23, of Columbus, was charged with failure to comply with a police officer’s order, a third-degree felony. Findlay police alleged that McDonald on Aug. 7 led a high-speed chase 38 miles from Findlay’s Tiffin Avenue to Upper Sandusky following a theft from Radio Shack.
- Brian L. Wilcox, 43, of Findlay, was charged with improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fifth-degree felony. On July 27 in Findlay, Wilcox allegedly had a loaded gun in a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
- Corinda S. Solomon, 24, of Findlay, was charged with heroin possession, a fifth-degree felony. Solomon allegedly had less than 1 gram of the drug on Aug. 9 in Findlay.
- Joseph A. Zimmerman, 28, of Findlay, faces a fifth-degree felony charge of breaking and entering. Zimmerman on July 31 allegedly trespassed at Fostoria Country Club to commit theft.
- Ronald M. Reichenbach, 41, of Findlay, was charged with failure to appear and drug trafficking, felonies of the fourth and fifth degree. Reichenbach on Feb. 27 allegedly skipped his Hancock County Common Pleas Court hearing while released on bond. Prosecutors also said he sold less than 5 grams of cocaine on June 25 in the city.
- Brian A. Pichacz, 42, of Findlay, was indicted on a charge of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony. Pichacz on Aug. 14 allegedly harmed a relative in Findlay. He was previously convicted of the offense Aug. 6 in Findlay Municipal Court.
- Ralph C. Caldwell, 34, of Pikeville, Kentucky, was charged with drug possession, a fourth-degree felony. Caldwell on Aug. 8 in Orange Township allegedly had between the bulk amount and five times the bulk amount of alprazolam, commonly called Xanax.
- Karla M. Schumacher, 27, address unknown, was charged with cocaine possession, a fourth-degree felony. Schumacher allegedly had between 5 and 10 grams of the drug on June 21 in Findlay.