Patrol Seizes Pounds of Cocaine Worth Million by Ohio


									Ohio State Highway Patrol
Media Release                      General Headquarters • Columbus, Ohio

                                              For Immediate Release: February 11, 2005
                           Contact: Lt. Rick Zwayer or Sgt. Joe Luebbers (614) 752-2792

     Patrol seizes 30 pounds of cocaine worth $1.3 million
ELYRIA – Two men will appear in the Oberlin Municipal Court this morning after Ohio
State Highway Patrol troopers seized 30 pounds of cocaine on the Ohio Turnpike in
Lorain County yesterday.

William Burse, 45, of Cleveland, and Alejandro Martinez Ruiz, 22, of Riverside, Calif.,
were each charged with possession of cocaine, a first-degree felony.

Troopers first stopped a 1997 Toyota RAV-4, driven by Burse, for following too close
and improper lane change violations eastbound on the Ohio Turnpike, milepost 142, in
Lorain County at 2:04 p.m. yesterday.

A Patrol drug-detecting canine alerted to the vehicle and a probable cause search revealed
30 pounds of cocaine in the vehicle. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $1.3

Burse and Ruiz were incarcerated at the Lorain County Jail. If convicted, each could face
up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.

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