Troopers seize meth, marijuana during traffic stop

By Rob Treynor

April 14, 2014

A routine traffic stop along Interstate 70 led to the discovery of a number of illegal substances.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stopped a 2007 Lincoln Mark LT pick-up truck, with California registration for speed, following too closely, marked lanes and unsafe lane change violations on Interstate 70 eastbound, near milepost 88, in Madison County at 3:48 p.m., on April 8.

According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, “criminal indicators were observed” and a patrol drug-sniffing canine was dispatched to the vehicle.

A search revealed 17 grams of methamphetamine, about a pound of hydroponic marijuana and numerous drug paraphernalia items.

The contraband has a street value of $5,000, according to the release.

The driver, Ryan Niedert, 25, of Barstow, Calif., was incarcerated at Tri-County Regional Jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony; and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

Niedert was released from Tri-County Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Madison County Municipal Court on Friday, April 18 for a preliminary hearing.

Niedert has retained Dale Frenz as his attorney.

Rob Treynor may be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 19 or on Twitter @robtreynor.