Lake County pair faces drug charges

by Dave O'Brien | Staff Writer Published:

Two Lake County residents arrested early March 6 morning after a Streetsboro police officer stopped their car for a registration violation are now facing felony drug charges after a subsequent search of their vehicle revealed a pound of marijuana in the trunk and more than $9,000 cash under a seat.

Samantha M. Ehlert, 19, and Robert A. Webb, 22, both of Willowick, are charged with one count each of trafficking in marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. Ehlert also faces charges of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly possessing the prescription painkiller oxycodone without a prescription and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, for using her vehicle in the commission of a felony.

According to Streetsboro police, Officer Christopher Petro stopped Ehlert's 2007 Dodge Charger just after midnight March 5 in the 9700 block of Route 14 near Mondial Parkway for a registration violation. He found that Ehlert was driving on a suspended license, while Webb also was unable to drive the vehicle because his license also was suspended, according to Streetsboro police Lt. Darin Powers.

A tow truck was called for the vehicle while Ehlert and Webb were taken to the Streetsboro Police Department for booking. Officers then began an inventory of the property in the vehicle, during which they found 454 grams, or one pound, of marijuana in the trunk and a plastic bag containing $9,120 under a seat, according to Powers. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $4,400, Powers said.

Ehlert and Webb were taken to the Portage County jail pending an initial court appearance. Arraigned March 6 afternoon in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna, Ehlert was ordered held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $2,500 bond pending future court dates. Conditions of her bond are no use or possession of alcohol or illegal drugs. Webb is free is free on bond, according to court records.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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