Nearly $12,000 in meth seized after traffic stop on I-75 in Butler County

A man is facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 114 grams of methamphetamine valued at $11,514 during a traffic stop in Butler County.

Troopers stopped a 2017 Jeep Cherokee with Ohio registration for a license plate violation at at 4:33 p.m. Aug. 1 on Interstate 75 south near the rest area in Monroe. After a drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle, a probable cause search revealed the contraband.

The driver, Thomas J. Williams, 28, of Felicity, was incarcerated in the Butler County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in a controlled substance, both second-degree felonies.

Williams is in jail under a $30,000 bond on both charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Butler County Area 2 Court in Hamilton.

If convicted, he could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.

Last year, troopers removed 145 pounds of methamphetamine from the state’s roadways, according to a statement from the Ohio Highway Patrol.

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