Sunday, February 14, 2016
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Saturday, 9/30/2006

Pair charged in turnpike stop held in lieu of bond

Two people arrested for having nearly 40 pounds of suspected cocaine, with a street value of about $1.8 million, in their pickup on the Ohio Turnpike appeared yesterday in Maumee Municipal Court.

Jose Gonzalez-Echeverria, 49, of Oklahoma City and Sylvia Samaniego-Barraza, 46, of El Paso were being held in the Lucas County jail in lieu of $1 million bonds, authorities said. The Ohio State Highway Patrol originally said Mr. Gonzalez-Echeverria s age was 39, but corrected it yesterday.

Each suspect was charged with possession of cocaine, trafficking in cocaine, and possession of criminal tools.

Ms. Samaniego-Barraza was driving eastbound on the turnpike, east of Toledo Express Airport, when she was stopped Thursday for marked lanes and registration violations. A drug dog alerted to the pickup, and troopers found the suspected cocaine in the cab.

Recommended for You

Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.