An Ohio man was arrested in Jackson County after police found nearly six pounds of methamphetamine and one ounce of heroin during a traffic stop.
Sharief Rayshaun El-Amin, 4/3/95, 532 Sunset View Drive, Akron, Ohio, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. Bond was set at $300,000.
Around 11:43 p.m. on Monday, May 28, deputies B.A. Dewees and J.B. Thompson were watching southbound traffic near the 143 mile marker on Interstate 77 when they saw a black Ford Focus traveling south, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.
The deputies saw the vehicle decelerate rapidly from approximately 70 mph as it passed. The driver of the vehicle allegedly locked his arms at the “10 and two position” and appeared to be attempting to hide behind the B pillar of the vehicle, according to the complaint.
The deputies followed the Focus and watched it decelerate to approximately 55 mph. The vehicle also appeared to be swerving in its lane, according to the complaint.
Dewees stopped the vehicle and, according to the complaint, smelled an odor of marijuana.
Lt. T.T. Roberts and his K9 partner, Dul, responded to the scene and conducted a sniff search around the vehicle. The canine indicated the presence of narcotics, the complaint alleges, and search of the vehicle yielded approximately 5.9 pounds of suspected methamphetamine, 1 ounce of heroin, and a loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol in a duffel bag in the trunk.