Ohio couples faces possession charges

Friday, February 9, 2018

An Ohio couple is facing possession related charges in Saline County, after a traffic stop led to a search of their vehicle.

According to a probable cause statement, a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer pulled Nicholas A. Hartshorn, 25, of Norwood, Ohio, over for speeding on Saturday, Aug. 5.

The officer states that while conducting the traffic stop, both Hartshorn and his passenger, Meranda L. Weathers, 23, indicated signs of criminal activity.

The report states Hartshorn gave the officer consent to search the vehicle, where a clear jar that contained marijuana was found under the passenger seat.

The officer also located a black duffle bag, containing four bottles of raw marijuana, a soft gummies container, a sealed tea-pot medicated herbal tears container, an opened chocolate bar packet and a sealed chocolate bar packet.

According to the probable cause statement, the officer seized the items and placed both Hartshorn and Weathers under arrest.

According to unofficial online court documents, Hartshorn and Weathers are both facing three class D felonies for possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid, and one class A misdemeanor for possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid of 11-35 grams.

Hartshorn is also facing a class C misdemeanor for exceeding a posted speed limit.

A $7,500.00 cash or surety bond was issued with conditions for both Hartshorn and Weathers. An arraignment has not been scheduled.

Editorís note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.