Troopers seize $3,434 worth of methamphetamine in Ashtabula County

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For Immediate Release: August 24, 2018

Contact: Lieutenant Jerad Sutton (330) 898-2311

Troopers seize $3,434 worth of methamphetamine in Ashtabula County

ASHTABULA – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against an Ohio man after a traffic stop in Ashtabula County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized more than 1 ounce of methamphetamine valued at approximately $3,434.  

On August 24, 2018 at 12:08 a.m., troopers stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban with Ohio registration for a stop sign violation on State Route 84. During interaction with the driver, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle and the driver voluntarily removed a small bag of marijuana from his pants. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine, a digital scale, a box of sandwich bags, a snorting straw, and several additional small bags of marijuana.  

The driver, Coben Gilliam, 27, of Kingsville, was charged with possession of a scheduled II substance and trafficking in methamphetamine, both second-degree felonies, possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor. 

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

A photo of the seized contraband is available for download on the Patrol’s website at 

Last year, troopers removed 145 pounds of methamphetamine from Ohio’s roadways. For a complete list of drug arrests by county visit: 


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