CIRCLEVILLE - A Laurelville man faces several charges after reportedly being discovered with a loaded, sawed-off shotgun in his vehicle during a traffic stop in the city on Tuesday.
Andrew H. Scoles, 36, is charged with possession of drugs scheduled III, IV and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, along with two traffic violations from the incident that occurred just before 4 p.m. on South Washington Street.
According to Sgt. David Chamberlin, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Scoles' vehicle was stopped for a registration violation, and criminal indicators were observed at the scene.
"A drug canine was called to the stop, and the dog alerted to the vehicle," Chamberlin said. "A probable cause search was conducted, and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun was found under the seat."
Chamberlin said Scoles also was found in possession of a small quantity of Vicodin, a prescription narcotic.
Trooper Evan Cox was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Robert Dauberman, South Bloomfield Police Department, and his canine partner, Bailey.