The confiscation of 7.6 pounds of marijuana in Camden proved to be out of the ordinary for Camden PD Friday, July 11.
Morgan Taylor, 24, along with her husband, Joshua Taylor, 26, of Hamilton were pulled over on a traffic stop by Camden Police Sergeant Mathew Spurlock after he noticed a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling south-bound on Ohio 127 at 40 miles per hour, 15 mph slower than the marked speed limit, according to Camden Police Chief Tim Mikesell.
Upon the traffic stop, K-9 Officer Maverick alerted to the odor of narcotics, and a probable cause search was conducted, according to official court documents.
In the rear of the Tahoe, officials discovered 12 individually packaged bundles of raw marijuana “collectively amounting to approximately 3,400 grams,” said official court documents. The 3,400 grams is equivalent to approximately 7.6 pounds of marijuana.
Also located in the car were 19 small green or yellow pills identified as Clonazepan, in Morgan Taylor’s purse. The pills were not prescribed to either Morgan or Joshua, according to official court documents.
Officials also located five “cell phones, rolling papers, a package of ‘blunts’ and [eight] marijuana ‘roaches’ in the ashtray,” according to official documents.
The Tahoe is to be confiscated by officials as the “property was used or intended for use in the commission or facilitation of a felony drug abuse offense,” read court documents. The owner of the vehicle was Morgan Taylor.
At press time, the vehicle is being taken through the process of forfeiture to the Camden Police Department through the Preble County Court system.
Josh Taylor was previously sentenced to one year in prison and had a six-month license suspension in Warren County in 2011 for charges relating to drug trafficking.
The marijuana confiscated is currently being housed at the Miami Valley Crime Lab. Upon it’s release, the marijuana will be destroyed by the Camden Police Department at an undisclosed location.
Since Chief Mikesell’s arrival to the department in 2005, the Camden PD has not seen a marijuana seizure of this quantity.
Clonazepan, also known as “Klonopin,” when used for its prescription use, is commonly used to treat anxiety. However, according to Jerry Lynn with Marie Dwyer Recovery Center, the drug is no stranger to patients at the center. Highly addictive, even to those it’s prescribed to, the drug gives users a euphoric feeling and is easily accessible.
On the street, Klonopin costs users two dollars per milligram.