Alleged drugs taken as a result of a traffic stop in Gallia County. Submitted photo.

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio – On May 4, 2018, troopers stopped a 2006 Honda Civic with Ohio registration for a marked lanes and license plate violation on U.S. 35 in Gallia County.

Criminal indicators were observed and a Rio Grande Police Department drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 453 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle worth $43,000.

The driver, Erica Mix, 27, and passenger, Michelle Mix, 49, both from Columbus, were charged with possession of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony. Both were incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail.

If convicted, she could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $40,000 fine. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.