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Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Police discover large quantity of cocaine in traffic stop

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Officers allegedly discovered more than 80 grams of crack cocaine during a traffic stop on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the Circleville Police Department)

CIRCLEVILLE - Three people are being held on drug charges in the Pickaway County Jail after a traffic stop led to the discovery of more than 81 grams of crack cocaine, according to the Circleville Police Department.

Kimberly F. Smith, 49, Kevin L. Jirles, 37, and Brandon L. Prater, 30, are being held in lieu of bond until their initial appearance in Circleville Municipal Court.

According to reports, Sgt. Matthew Hafey initiated a traffic stop at 7:50 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of East Mound Street, and Officer Doug Anderson arrived with his canine partner, Jeku, to conduct an open air search of the vehicle's exterior.

After the dog indicated the presence of drugs, the vehicle and suspects were searched, and officers reportedly discovered a small plastic baggie containing 0.3 grams of crack cocaine in Smith's pocket and another baggie containing 81.3 grams of crack cocaine in her possession.

Smith is charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, both first-degree felonies.

Jirles, the driver and registered owner of the vehicle, is charged with complicity to possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies, as well as permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

Prater, a passenger in the vehicle, is charged with complicity to possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs, both first-degree felonies.

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