Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seize over $100,000 worth of prescription
pills and heroin after stopping a suspected OVI driver Monday evening.
Troopers from the OHSP Lima post responded to state Route 309 in regards to
a possible impaired driver. Troopers say they stopped a 1997 Mercury Grand
Marquis, for a left of center violation, near Bowman Road and Bath Township, in
Allen County, just before 5:30 p.m. Monday.
According to troopers, they arrested the driver of the vehicle, Keith M.
Whitmore, 54, of Kenton, on suspicion of OVI. Troopers reported finding 18
Oxycodone pill, 66 Xanax pills, and $650 in cash on him after a body search.
The wife of the driver and a passenger in the vehicle, Kelly M. Whitmore,
35, also of Kenton, was arrested, according to troopers, after she produced 18
individually wrapped units heroin.
The OHSP estimates the seizure to be worth more than $107,000.
Kelly and Keith Whitmore have each been charged with second-degree felony
possession of heroin. They are being held in the Allen County Jail.
The suspects face up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine if they are
convicted of the charges.