A marked-lane violation resulted in a West Virginia man and his passenger facing criminal charges for trafficking drugs, according to Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier.

On Tuesday, April 13 at approximately 9:45 p.m., a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputy was traveling eastbound on US Route 35, west of Jackson, when he observed a 2009 Cadillac DTS, bearing Michigan registration, commit a marked-lane traffic violation. The driver failed to signal a lane change within 100 feet.

During the traffic stop, the driver was identified as 33-year-old William Jones, of Hurricane, West Virginia. Jones had a suspended West Virginia driver's license. Jones and his passenger, 47-year-old Carlos Allmon of Childersburg, Alabama, were detained for questioning after acting suspicious. One of the males stated that they were traveling from Detroit, Michigan, while the other claimed they were traveling from Columbus, Ohio.

 JCSO’s K-9 indicated on the vehicle. Assisted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the vehicle was searched for illicit drugs. A vacuum sealed bag, that contained blue and white pills, were discovered inconspicuously placed in the roof-liner of the vehicle. The estimated street value of the narcotics, identified as Oxycodone Hydrochloride and Oxycontin Hydrocodone, was placed at $13,680. Authorities also seized $860 cash from Jones' wallet.

Jones signed a seizure notice for the $860 in cash. Both men were then released from custody.

Charges are pending while the narcotics discovered in the vehicle are identified by the Ohio Bureau of Investigation’s lab. Once test results are received, the case will be reviewed by the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office for possible filing of charges against the two men.