Troy D. Whaley, 56 of South Point was set for court appearance Friday, and his attorney Mark McCown was granted a continuance by Port-smouth Municipal Court.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Whaley ran a stop light on U.S. 23 just north of Lucasville on March 4, in front of Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Woodyard, out of the Chillicothe Post.
“He proceeded to speed out 23, and got paced (clocked) at 74 (mph) in a 55 (mph) after that before he could get him stopped,” Portsmouth Post Commander Karla Taulbee said. “When he pulled him over he found 904 pills.”
Taulbee said Whaley had several small packets of crushed pills in three large envelopes. And although the crushed pills had not been identified, 38 types of pills, liquid morphine and $1,704 in cash were located in the vehicle.
Taulbee said Whaley is charged with trafficking in and possession of a schedule 3 controlled substance 20 times the bulk amount, and trafficking in and possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance.
“When they pulled him out of the cruiser he had pills in his pocket, and he had stuffed them under the seat,” Taulbee said. “So he is also charged with tampering with evidence for trying to hide them. And, of course, the stop light violation.”
Taulbee said Whaley was taken to the Scioto County Jail where he bonded out.
No date has been set for a preliminary hearing in Municipal Court. Taulbee said if there is enough evidence to show that the charges should go forward, the case will go to Scioto County Common Pleas Court.
According to the Municipal Court website, Whaley is charged with drug trafficking, tampering with evidence, and two counts of drug abuse.